Encino Hospital Stabbing: ED physician and two staff nurses seriously hurt

Three medical workers are fighting for their lives after being stabbed inside a hospital in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles Friday evening.

The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call a little after 3:45 p.m. at the Encino Hospital Medical Center on Ventura Boulevard. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the three people, all hospital workers, were taken to a local trauma center and are in critical condition.

The hospital was on lockdown before medical workers and patients were asked to safely evacuate as LAPD worked to get the suspect, a man in his 30s, to turn himself in.

It is unknown as of Friday night if the suspect and the stabbing victims knew each other. 

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A little after 8 p.m., an ambulance with police following the vehicle was spotted transporting a man from the Encino Hospital Medical Center to another hospital. LAPD later confirmed it was the stabbing suspect who was being taken to the hospital and that he will be in police custody.

It was over a different hospital when the suspect was being taken there after an hours-long standoff with police.

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Encino Hospital Stabbing: 3 medical center workers in critical condition, building on lockdown

The hospital is on lockdown as there is a standoff between law enforcement officers and the stabbing suspect.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE VICTIMS AT ENCINO HOSPITAL

The hospital identified the three victims as an ED physician and two staff nurses. Below is a statement issued, in part, by the hospital:

“Three injured at Encino Hospital were two staff nurses and an ED physician who were all taken to the nearest trauma center. The hospital is currently on lockdown. We are continuing to monitor the situation and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.”

Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center, the facility that took in the three stabbing victims, said in a statement that all three are in stable condition.

Below is a statement issued, in part, by the Northridge hospital:

“Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center received three patients to our Level II Trauma Center suffering stab wounds from the incident at Encino Hospital Medical Center. All three patients are currently listed in stable condition. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to provide any additional patient information. We will now defer all questions to the Los Angeles Police Department.”

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE SUSPECT AT ENCINO HOSPITAL

During a press conference held a little after 6:30 p.m., LAPD said the suspect had a criminal history prior to Friday’s incident. Some of the suspect’s record includes resisting arrest and battery on an officer, LAPD said. Police said during the press conference that the suspect has a “lengthy” history with officers across Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

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The suspect was identified as an adult male, but LAPD did not give any other information.

LAPD said it made outreach efforts to the suspect’s family in hopes of getting the suspect to turn himself in. The standoff lasted several hours before the man was taken into custody.

The hospital has security in the building, but LAPD said it is unsure if the personnel there were armed at the time of the stabbing incident.

The attack comes days after a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital was under attack by a gunman. The attack at the St. Francis Health System – Natalie Building ended with four people dead, including the suspect’s surgeon.

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Prior to the Tulsa hospital shooting, the U.S. saw other mass shootings, including an attack that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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