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

June 2, 2010 |  8:24 am

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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