Kevin Clay Thomas, 20
Kevin Clay Thomas, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Aug. 8, in the 2300 block of East 1st Street in Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Thomas and his friend were at the Soto Gold Line station near 1st and Soto streets around 7 p.m. when they were approached by three Latinos in their 20s, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Victor Lewandowski.
The men got into an argument, and Thomas and his friend were cornered near the elevators, Lewandowski said. Then one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot Thomas multiple times, he said.
The assailants briefly chased Thomas’ friend, who got away, Lewandowski said, and then the men fled west on 1st Street.
Thomas was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m., according to coroner's records.
Lewandowski said the area around the train station is known for gang activity and the shooting appears to be gang related. However, he said investigators don’t have any other suspect information.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.