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Northridge worker shot after stabbing two people [UPDATED]

February 9, 2009 | 11:53 am

Updated, 1:45 p.m.: Juan Silva, 31, stabbed two co-workers at All Action Security on White Oak Avenue before he was shot by one of his victims, said LAPD Lt. Steven Sambar. Silva is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, he said. One of the two stabbing victims is in critical condition, the other is in stable condition. Their names were not immediately released.

Updated, 12:50 p.m.: A disgruntled employee of a Northridge security company stabbed his boss multiple times and another employee before his boss shot him, Los Angeles police said.

The 30-year old man stabbed his boss and a co-worker at the company’s office in the 8200 block of White Oak Avenue after he was informed he was fired, LAPD Officer April Harding said. He was then shot by his manager, Harding said.

The incident began this morning with a dispute over the employee working extra hours, he said. The manager informed the employee he could not work additional hours, and the employee demanded his paycheck, Harding said,

The manager then fired the individual and told him that he could have his paycheck when he returned the security guard uniform he was wearing, Harding said.

The man left the business and returned about 10:30 a.m. wearing his uniform and armed with a knife, he said. 

The man then stabbed his manager and the other employee before he was shot, Harding said.

He is listed in critical condition.

Meanwhile, police said said the stab wounds suffered by the victims were not life-threatening. But Los Angeles fire officials said the injuries left the pair in critical condition.

At least two people were shot this morning in a warehouse district in the San Fernando Valley, police said.

Authorities responded to an emergency call about 10:40 a.m. at an address on White Oak Avenue, police said.

By 11:15 a.m., at least three ambulances had left the scene, Los Angeles fires officials said. No other information was available about the victims.

It was also not known what prompted the shooting.

-- Richard Winton