A 19-year-old man was shot while riding the Blue Line train in Long Beach Monday afternoon, and the search continued hours later for up to four men seen running from the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The on-board shooting went down at about 6:22 p.m. near Fifth Street and Long Beach Boulevard.
The victim was transported to the hospital and listed in stable condition, said Rick Jager, Metro spokesman. The other passengers were interviewed by police before boarding another train and resuming their journey.
Three men seen running eastbound on Sixth Street after the shooting are wanted in connection with the incident.
Rush-hour service along the train line was briefly disrupted while investigators combed the scene, but by 8 p.m., service returned to normal.
A motive for the shooting was not immediately known, sheriff's officials said. Some 93,000 travellers ride the Metro Blue Line every weekday, and investigators described the shooting as an isolated incident.
Investigators are poring over surveillance footage from on-board cameras. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LA County Sheriff's Department.