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Metro Rider in L.A. Was Shot and Killed Hours After the MTA Held a News Conference About Train Safety

Metro Rider in L.A. Was Shot and Killed Hours After the MTA Held a News Conference About Train Safety

Authorities told KTLA that they have arrested a suspect in yet another fatal Metro bus accident, this time in Commerce.

According to a news statement, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called to Slauson and Boxford avenues just before 5 p.m. because someone had been shot.

There aren’t many details available, and it’s not clear how the fatal shooting happened, but police say the victim was shot while on the bus.

The person was later taken to a nearby hospital and declared dead there.

There were no details given about where or how long after the crime the suspect was arrested.

The shooting happened just hours after the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board held a press conference Thursday morning to talk about a string of high-profile crimes that have happened on Metro bus and train lines and to announce plans to make the system safer overall.

Two different people were stabbed on the Metro system on May 13. A woman died after being stabbed on a train in Studio City in the weeks before those events, and a bus driver and a customer were hurt in South Los Angeles in another stabbing.

A homeless woman attacked a driver on a city-run Dash bus on May 5. The attack was caught on video.

Someone on the move with a paintball gun took over a Metro bus in March and crashed it into the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Los Angeles.

L.A. Mayor Karen Bass, who is also chair of the Metro board, said she sent a “immediate surge” of police to Metro buses, trains, and stations to help drivers and riders who were worried.

At Thursday’s press conference, Bass, members of the MTA Board, and people from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors were critical of the presence (or lack thereof) of police officers on Metro buses and trains.

Metro hires the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Long Beach Police Department to do its police work. These deals are worth more than $150 million all together.

At the news event, Metro Vice Chair and L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said, “We have a duty to all Metro riders and bus drivers: they have to feel safe on Metro.” “Our contracts with police are important for safety, but they don’t help anyone if police officers don’t ride our buses and trains.”

Bus drivers in the Metro called in sick because of the attacks, and one board member said she was “afraid” and wouldn’t ride the system alone.

The board recently gave the go-ahead to buy barriers that will be put between Metro bus drivers and customers.

Metro said this in a statement to KTLA about the shooting that killed someone on a bus on Thursday:

“What happened this afternoon on a Metro bus in the Commerce area is a sad example of how violence is rising in society as a whole and spreading to our neighborhoods.” Metro is very sorry about what happened and sends our deepest condolences to the victim’s family. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department quickly caught a person of interest, and Metro thanked them.

The LASD Transit Services Bureau can be reached at 323-563-5000 if you know anything about what happened.

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