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Man Stabbed To Death On Highland Park Bus By Three Attackers

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A man was stabbed to death on a Metro bus in Highland Park last night, and the three men believed to be responsible are still at large. At about 10:40 p.m. last night, three men boarded bus 81 at Avenue 57 and Figueroa Street and moved to the back of the bus, KTLA reports. There, they began arguing with a man who was by himself. The argument escalated quickly and one of the trio allegedly pulled out a knife, then stabbed the man in the chest.

The three men then got off the bus at North Figueroa and Meridian Street and fled west on Meridian. The bus driver reported the incident to police. Police say that the whole event happened quickly, and that the bus was already coming to a stop when the stabbing occurred.

Police say that currently have no reason to believe that the stabbing was gang-related, and they don't think that the man was specifically targeted or that he knew his attackers.

"I don't think it was a targeted thing at all, it appears that it was an argument that escalated," LASD Detective Tim O'Quinn said.

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The victim has been described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, but his identity has yet to be released, ABC 7 reports. The attackers have been described as three Hispanic men in their 20s or 30s, and the one with the knife was wearing a dark-colored hoodie at the time.

Police will be reviewing video from surveillance cameras on the bus, and are encouraging the 10 or so passengers that were on the bus at the time of the stabbing to contact police. Anyone with information may contact the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or provide an anonymous tip via Crimes Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Update, 1 p.m.: Authorities have released photos of the three suspects using video from the surveillance cameras on the bus.