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Woman arrested for killing man on Sacramento train

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento authorities have arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of fatally shooting an apparent stranger on a light-rail commuter train.

The Sacramento Bee reports police booked Lynnsey Evakarla Braun into county jail on suspicion of murder Friday. She is being held separately from male inmates because she identifies as a woman.

Braun declined an interview request from the newspaper. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Braun is accused of gunning down a man in his 50s inside a Sacramento Regional Transit train as it came into the Archives Plaza station in downtown Sacramento around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say after he was shot, the victim exited the train and fell onto the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers who were in the train car when the shooting occurred were not injured.

Upon hearing gunfire, the train operator immediately stopped the two-car train and alerted authorities. Officers arrived within minutes and quickly detained the suspect, who had not left the area.

Sacramento police Lt. Norm Leong says video surveillance footage, which has no sound, shows the suspect victim got on the train at different stops and do not appear to have known each other, although they appeared to exchange words.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killing.

Transit officials are seeking to address public safety concerns following the first homicide on a train in the system’s history.

Thursday’s shooting startled many commuters who regularly ride the light-rail trains.

“Someone was able to get onto public transportation with a firearm,” said Cheryl Allen, who works near the scene of the shooting. “What should we do? Do you start patting people down?”

Regional Transit General Manager Mike Wiley noted that security and law enforcement reacted quickly to a rare incident.

“People should know that we had a very high level of response immediately,” Wiley said.

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