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Porn actor goes on rampage at video production office, police say; 1 dead, 2 wounded [Updated]

Police say a disgruntled employee, in the process of being fired, stabbed three co-workers in Van Nuys with a Samurai-style sword.

The man believed responsible for a rampage at a Van Nuys video production facility that left one dead and two wounded is a struggling porn actor who faced the loss of his job, authorities said.

Stephen Hill, 30, allegedly used a machete-style weapon in the attack, which occurred about 10:20 p.m. at a video distribution business on Hayvenhurst Avenue and Saticoy Street.

Los Angeles Police Department Det. Joel Price said Hill was both working and living at the offices of Ultima DVD Inc.

Price said Hill did production work and acted in several porn movies. But on the night of the attack, he apparently faced the loss of his job and eviction from the office.

Hill allegedly fled after stabbing the three co-workers. The victims were rushed to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead. There were seven people in the office when the attack occurred.

The LAPD is investigating the attack as a case of workplace violence. The suspect fled in a blue Toyota RAV4 with license plate 5YTC423.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Maptease

[Updated at 10:17 a.m.: Since January 2007 there have been five homicides within two miles of Tuesday's fatal attack, according to data collected for The Times' interactive Homicide Report.]

Photo: Rescue crews tend to the victims of the attack. Credit: KTLA

 
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"If you can make it big here, you can make it big in Hollywood". Si Se Puede!!!

Now he will go from violating hot chicks to being violated by ugly dudes. What a moron.

So, this guy was going to get the "shaft"?

I guss he couldn't hack it!

31 and he drives a RAV? OMG! No wonder he lost it. That's just wrong! By the way, how do you lose your job, when your job is to have sex? Must be very difficult to get fired from sex.

Ugh.

Bet $100 he's on psych drugs.

one of is co-stars kept calling him' shorty' !! almost as bad as 'speedy' !

The cialis side effect strikes again!!!...i can see so many innuendos with this story like "Raging porn star still at LARGE"

Too bad, i really enjoyed his stuff

This will be a movie within 2 years...

How do one gets to be "struggling porn actor"? Either you're one or you're not. I don't think anyone "struggle" to become a porn actor.

He didn't cut it ... oh wait, i guess he did!

Why don't they say "web designer goes on rampage"? He seems to have done substantially more of that for Ultima than actual porn acting. You people seem to think he did it because he did porn...I just want to propose the possibility that he did it because they wouldn't let him do "enough" porn acting. There have been plenty of murders in Los Angeles this year, suddenly this one murder MUST BE because he did some porn acting...come on? Nobody seems to feel bad about the guy that died...is that also because that guy was involved in porn? Although REALbarbwire7's RAV joke is kind of funny.

Maybe he got some bad ass... And I can't even get any.. What a dork....

I thought this was a joke ad for a lumber company or a wood worker union or some hot dog company .... and on and on ...

Why don't they describe the suspect who is at large? They describe his vehicle.

Why do the news shows lie about the LAPD wanting info if the cops wanted uto catch this guy they would ask the TV newsshow tho show his picture and describe his hight and weight

This is such a tragic story; I certainly feel for those who were attacked as well as their families. They did not deserve to be in this position.

Definitely illustrates that gun control will neither prevent, nor do the presence of firearms "cause" violence. The mentally unstable as well as criminals will simply turn to the next convenient weapon.

You can bet your life that if one of the seven in that office had a concealed handgun, there would have been less bloodshed and the attacker would either be in jail or the morgue...

I'm sure he will receive a stiff sentence.

This is a bad time to lose your job, even for a porn "actor".
I'm surprised this kind of thing is not being reported every single day as more people lose their jobs.

It's tough out there people, so hold hands and share your lunch with others, just like you did in Kindergarten. :)

VIVID is buying the rights to this story to turn it into a feature length film titled "THE ROD STRIKES BACK"... LOL

...and he just bought a puppy?

what? he didnt shoot it with his gun?

I'm sure being evicted was HARD ON him

 
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