1 Wounded in New Year's morning shooting; suspect on the loose

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police are searching for the gunman who opened fire at a New Year's party in Glendale, sending one man to the hospital early Tuesday morning.

It happened at about 4 a.m. at a home in the neighborhood southeast of 63rd and Maryland avenues.

Witnesses told police the shooter was asked to leave the party. According to department spokeswoman Office Tracey Breeden, it's possible that there might have been a verbal altercation.

Once outside the home, the suspect turned around, gun in hand, and fired several shots into the house.

"One of the individuals inside the house was hit," said Sgt. Jeff Turney of the Glendale Police Department.

The unidentified victim was shot in the head. He was taken to a local hospital. At last check, the man was in critical condition. All police have said about the victim is that he is 21 years old.

The suspect fled the scene and police do not have a good description of him or his vehicle.

"Everybody was inside, apparently, when the shooting occurred," Turney said.

Police say the witnesses are cooperating, but they are not sure if anybody actually saw the man fire.

It's not clear if the suspect and the victim knew each other. Detectives expected to learn more about both parties as they interviewed those who were inside the house.

"Everybody is being cooperative here," Turney said.

While there were several other people, including children, inside the home at the time of the shooting, no other injuries were reported.