Park Officials React to Deadly Shooting at Floyd Gwin Pool

Park Officials React to Deadly Shooting at Floyd Gwin Pool

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - "I don't think there was any point that the kids were not safe," Steven Swindig, Executive Director of Floyd Gwin Pool said.

An evening at the pool turned into a nightmare as shots fired in the parking lot of Floyd Gwin Pool left one man dead.

"When the shots were fired, the pool manager got all the kids in, got all the guards inside the house, locked the doors and waited for the police," Swindig said. "So they did a really good job in making sure that all the kids were safe at all times."

Police say that someone drove up to a 27-year-old Hispanic man standing by his car and fired several shots. The suspects then fled the scene. The victim was transported to Medical Center Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Despite the act of violence, park officials want the community to know that they are doing everything they can to keep their parks safe.

"There is a great concern of mine about the safety and well-being of everybody that comes to our parks, as well as the community itself," Steve Patton, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Odessa, said. "We've had security in the past and maybe it's time to beef up security again."

Police are not yet releasing the description of the vehicle or the suspects at this time.

"I hate times like these. This is not a good time for any community," Patton said.

If you know anything about this crime, please call Odessa Police or Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.