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A security guard was fatally shot early Wednesday at a private student housing complex near USC, and a suspect was taken into custody.

The shooting was reported just before 12:47 a.m. at the Lorenzo complex at 23rd and Flower streets, about a half-mile from the main USC campus. Upon their arrival, Los Angeles Police Department officers found the guard suffering from gunshot wounds, Officer Rosario Cervantes told City News Service.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to reports from the scene, the suspect may have been a trespasser who was confronted by the security guard. 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 were examining video footage to obtain possible evidence from the shooting.

Train service on the Metro E (Expo) Line, which passes directly in front of Lorenzo, was temporarily halted due to the police investigation, and the transit agency provided buses to shuttle passengers through the area. Train service was restored shortly after 9 a.m.

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