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Samurai sword rampage leaves 1 dead, 2 injured; LAPD seeks attacker

June 2, 2010 |  6:30 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 Los Angeles Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly killed one co-worker and injured two others with a samurai-style sword.

The incident occurred about 10:20 p.m. at a video distribution business on Hayvenhurst Avenue and Saticoy Street in Van Nuys, LAPD officials said.

The victims were rushed to a local hospital, where one was pronounced dead. Details on the other victims were not immediately available.

The LAPD is investigating the attack as a case of workplace violence. Authorities told KTLA News that the suspect is a disgruntled employee who was in the process of being fired. It's believed the victims were two co-workers and a manager.

The suspect fled in a blue Toyota RAV4 with license plate 5YTC423.

-- Robert J. Lopez and Shelby Grad

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