Man fatally shot on Metro train in Baldwin Hills; suspects flee on skateboards

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A 39-year-old man was shot and killed on a Metro E (Gold) Line train in Baldwin Hills on Friday night, June 22 and police are searching for four suspects who fled the scene on skateboards.

An argument between the victim and the suspects on the street level of the Expo/La Cienega Station escalated around 7:40 p.m. and continued onto the train, where a suspect pulled out a gun and shot the man in the head, Los Angeles Police Officer Drake Madison told City News Service.

The man died at the scene, authorities said.

The suspects, who Madison said were boys and men 15 to 20 years old, fled before police arrived.

The investigation into the shooting caused E Line trains to turn back from the Culver City and La Brea stations. Bus shuttles replaced service between the La Brea and La Cienega stations, Metro announced.

The Gold Line shooting is the latest in a recent surge of violent incidents on the L.A. Metro system, including a fatal shooting May 16 on a Metro bus in Commerce and multiple stabbings on or near Metro stations.

“Violence on the streets that spills over onto our public transit systems is an increasing issue in the Greater Los Angeles area,” Metro said in a statement to local media outlets. “Metro extends its condolences to the family and friends of the victim’s family. The Los Angeles Police Department is leading the investigation.”

The LAPD South Homicide Bureau is handling the investigation of the shooting, Madison said.

In late May, Metro’s Board of Directors unanimously approved two motions to bolster public safety on buses, rails and stations by deploying more officers and exploring ways to incorporate technology to prevent crimes.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.