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Man shot dead at downtown LA subway station


A man was shot and killed at a Metro Blue Line station in downtown Los Angeles just before midnight Thursday, and authorities are looking for the gunman.

The fatal shooting occurred at the Washington Station platform near the 1900 block of Long Beach Avenue at around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Lizeth Lomeli.

The victim, in his 20s, was traveling inside one of the wagons and was shot dead as he left the train, she said. The gunman, who fired several shots, fled on foot.

It was not immediately clear which direction the man was heading before exiting the train and being shot, or in which direction the gunman ran, authorities said.

The man who was shot was pronounced dead at the scene, Lomeli said.

Video captured by OnScene.TV showed police and paramedics on the platform next to a stopped train. Police lights flashed at night.

Authorities had no information Thursday morning on a description of the shooter and could not confirm any relationship with the man who had been killed.

A Metro spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.