An arrest was made in connection to the shooting and killing of a security guard for an off-campus USC student apartment complex.

The shooting occurred near the Lorenzo USC student housing rental units at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, with a suspect named Alexander Crawford found sleeping in the building’s parking lot.

“While the crime scene investigation was being conducted by detectives from Central Bureau Homicide, officers were alerted to a possible suspect sleeping in a parking area near the lobby of the building,” LAPD wrote in a news release. “While contacting the individual, officers observed the person to have a handgun in his possession, which was recovered without incident.”

After watching surveillance footage of the incident, investigators felt confident that Crawford, 31, was a suspect in the shooting by identifying his clothing and matching the handgun in his possession to the one used in the shooting.

LAPD investigators believe the incident occurred after the guard was escorting out a trespasser from the private apartment building, although it is not yet clear if the person being escorted was Crawford. A call regarding the shooting was received by LAPD around 12:45 a.m. and the guard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crawford was taken into custody for the alleged shooting and murder of the unarmed USC security guard, whose identity has been withheld as of this writing.



































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