Man fatally shot on Metro train in South L.A., police say

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A 39-year-old man was fatally shot on a Metro train in the Baldwin Hills area Friday evening, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police were called to the 5600 block of Jefferson Boulevard — near the La Cienega/Jefferson station of the E Line — around 7:40 p.m., according to Officer Drake Madison, a spokesman for the department.

The shooting followed an altercation between the victim and four male suspects that “culminated on the train,” he said. One of the suspects produced a firearm and fired at the victim, he said.

The suspects were described as between the ages of 15 and 20 and were seen fleeing the area on foot or possibly on skateboards, Madison said.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the incident, but the victim was declared dead at the scene, Madison said.

It was not immediately clear whether the incident was gang-related, he said.

As of 11 p.m., service on the E Line between the Expo/La Brea and La Cienega/Jefferson stations remained disrupted and was replaced with shuttle buses due to police activity, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The shooting is the latest in a recent string of violent incidents on the L.A. Metro system.

In May, a passenger was fatally shot on a bus in the City of Commerce. That same month, a woman’s arm was slashed in an elevator at the Vermont/Athens station, and two people were stabbed during a fight that started aboard a bus in Glendale.

In April, a 66-year-old woman was fatally stabbed on the B Line near the Universal City station.

The spate of violent attacks prompted Mayor Karen Bass in May to order a “surge” of law enforcement on the bus and rail system, saying that the spike in violent crime is “absolutely unacceptable.”

Times staff writer Rachel Uranga contributed to this report.

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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.