Doctor and nurses stabbed in California hospital; man arrested

A man stabbed a doctor and two nurses in the emergency room at a Southern California hospital on Friday and remained in a room for hours before police arrested him, authorities said. The man entered Encino Hospital Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley just before 4 p.m. Los Angeles Police Officer Drake Madison said. The man had parked his car in the middle of a street and went to the emergency room, where he asked for treatment for anxiety before stabbing the doctor and nurses, authorities said. Firefighters said three victims were taken to a trauma center in critical condition. Police later said one was in critical condition and underwent surgery. All three were later listed in stable condition at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center. The first floor of Encino Hospital and some nearby offices were evacuated, police said. “We moved patients out of harm’s way,” LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said at a news conference. There was no evidence the man knew the victims, Hamilton added. The man stayed in for about four hours as a SWAT team member A room at the hospital tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with him before he was eventually arrested, police said.He was taken to another hospital for treatment for self-inflicted injuries to his arms, authorities said, with a lengthy criminal record, including two Arrests last year over police officer battery and resisting arrest Benjamin Roman, an ultrasound technician, told KNBC-TV that before he was stabbed, he saw the man, who had a dog with him and may have been drugged because he looked anxious and was drenched in sweat The doctor looked like she was in pain,” he said. “There was a lot of blood and it looked like it got her abdomen.” The attack comes just two days after a gunman killed four people and then himself at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The attacker got inside a building on the Saint Francis Hospital campus with no problem, just hours after purchasing an AR-style rifle, authorities said. The man killed his surgeon and three other people in a doctor’s office. He blamed the doctor for his ongoing pain after recent back surgery.

A man stabbed a doctor and two nurses in the emergency room at a Southern California hospital on Friday and remained in a room for hours before police arrested him, authorities said.

The man entered Encino Hospital Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley just before 4 p.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Drake Madison said.

The man had parked his car in the middle of a street and went to the emergency room, where he asked for treatment for anxiety before stabbing the doctor and nurses, authorities said.

According to the fire department, three victims were taken to a trauma center in critical condition. Police later said one was in critical condition and underwent surgery.

All three were later listed in stable condition at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

The first floor of Encino Hospital and some nearby offices were evacuated, police said.

“We got patients out of harm’s way,” LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said at a news conference.

Hamilton added that there was no evidence the man knew the victims.

The man remained in a room at the hospital for about four hours as members of the SWAT team tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with him before he was eventually arrested, police said.

He was taken to another hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries to his arms, authorities said.

The man’s name was not immediately released, but Hamilton said he has a long criminal record, including two arrests last year for battery of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Benjamin Roman, an ultrasound technician, told KNBC-TV that before the stabbing, he saw the man who was carrying a dog and may have been on drugs because he looked anxious and drenched in sweat.

After the hospital issued an “internal triage” code, Roman said he saw a doctor and nurse stabbed.

“The doctor looked like she was in pain,” he said. “There was a lot of blood and it looked like he got her abdomen.”

The attack comes just two days after a gunman killed four people and then himself at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The attacker got inside a building on the Saint Francis Hospital campus with no problem, just hours after purchasing an AR-style rifle, authorities said.

The man killed his surgeon and three other people in a doctor’s office. He blamed the doctor for his ongoing pain after recent back surgery.

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