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Published on June 22, 2024
Fatal Shooting on LA Metro Train Near La Cienega/Jefferson Station Amidst Surge in Transit CrimesSource: Google Street View

A man was fatally shot in the head on a Metro train in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles, near the La Cienega/Jefferson station on Friday evening. KTLA reports that the incident occurred during rush hour, around 7:22 p.m., and left witnesses recounting moments of fear and chaos.

Arriving at the scene, the Los Angeles Police Department found the victim, not conscious, and pronounced him deceased at the scene. According to surveillance footage and witnesses, suspects fled on skateboards following the shooting, describing them as three Hispanic males. During an interview, one witness claimed the assailants were shouting "Snitch! Snitch!" before firing the fatal shots, "I heard three shots and I thought it was fireworks because I didn’t think people literally shoot on the trains, point blank like that," the witness, who wished to remain anonymous, told KTLA.

As the authorities continue their investigation, the identity of the victim has been withheld, pending further details from the coroner's office. The shooting is a stark continuation of what has been described as a surge in violent crimes on public transit in Los Angeles. FOX 11 noted that other attacks, including stabbings, assaults, and robberies, have plagued the Metro system over the past month.

In the wake of the continued violence, requests by passengers and public authorities have led to an "immediate surge" of law enforcement presence across buses, trains, and stations, declared in May by Metro officials. This was an attempt to curb the frequency of these incidents, having been preceded by attacks that spanned across a window from April 22 to May 21 as per a previous report by FOX 11. As investigations proceed, the police are urging anyone with information related to the shooting to come forward.

Following the incident, Metro operations were temporarily disrupted, with officials announcing, "All E Line trains will be turning back from Culver City and La Brea stations due to police activity at Expo/La Cienega Station," resulting in bus shuttles replacing train service between La Brea and La Cienega until further notice.