Security Guard Killed at USC Student Housing Complex

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LOS ANGELES (CNS)- A man suspected of fatally shooting a security guard at an upscale off-campus student housing complex near the University of Southern California in South Los Angeles is in police custody Wednesday.

The shooting was reported just before 12:47 a.m. at 23rd and Flower streets approximately a half a mile from USC. Upon their arrival, Los Angeles Police Department officers found the security officer suffering from gunshots wounds, LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes told City News Service.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fox 11 reported that the suspect could have been a trespasser that the security guard attempted to detain and confronted the victim.

Witnesses said as many as a dozen shell casings were found at the scene.

The suspect was arrested near the scene of the shooting, Cervantes said.

Police are examining video footage to obtain possible evidence from the shooting.

LA Metro service along the Expo Line has been interrupted because of police activity related to the shooting and is not expected to resume until 8 a.m.

The 23rd Street Station is closed because of the police investigation.

Shuttle bus service is replacing the E Line train service between the LATTC/Ortho Institute and the Jefferson/USC stations.

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