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Suren Tahmazyan, 48

Suren Tahmazyan, a 48-year-old man of Armenian descent, was fatally shot on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the 6400 block of San Fernando Road in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Tahmazyan was in the parking lot of the Ararat Restaurant at San Fernando Road and Ruberta Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. when a man walked up and began shooting, said Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles. 

Another man standing nearby was also struck by the gunfire and suffered a grazing wound, Suttles said. But the gunfire struck Tahmazyan full force, and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:27 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

The restaurant was hosting several special events that evening, Suttles said, and the parking lot was packed with cars that had been valet parked. 

Investigators don’t know whether Tahmazyan had even gotten inside the banquet before he was shot, Suttles said, and it’s not clear what, if any relationship, he had to the other victim who was grazed by the gunfire. 

It appears the shooter was aiming for at least one of the men, Suttles said, but investigators don’t know if the intended target was Tahmazyan or the other man. 

The gunman ran away after the shooting, got into a dark-colored SUV parked nearby and drove away, Suttles said. It appeared he was the only person in the car, but investigators are looking at video from nearby surveillance cameras to see if they can get more details about the shooter and his vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Glendale Police Robbery and Homicide Unit at (818) 548-3987. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter. 

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