Father of 4 shot and killed on Metro train; suspects on the run

A deadly shooting broke out inside a Los Angeles Metro train late Friday night, and police are still searching for the suspects.

The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call in the 5600 block of West Jefferson Boulevard in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood. 

Officials said to FOX 11 that a man, identified as 38-year-old Juan Garcia, got into an argument with a group at the Metro E Line stop at La Ciengega and Jefferson boulevards, around 7:40 p.m. The argument continued as they all got on the train. That's when police said one of the suspects shot Garcia in the head. 

Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police said all four suspects, who authorities said were between 15 and 20, ran away before police could get there.

Friday's shooting marks yet another violent incident taking place on Metro's property. Over the last month, attacks on bus drivers, passengers and bystanders inside and outside the public transit vehicles have haunted Metro.

In a previous report published by FOX 11 on May 2024, at least seven attacks took place on Metro's property between April 22 and May 21.

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Since the series of attacks on public transit vehicles and properties, Metro board members, LA County leaders and LA City Council have all pushed for increasing safety measures.

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City News Service contributed to this report.