The man was identified as Antwann D. Brown, a current employee at building materials company Dyke Industries, which is located in an industrial park.
Brown was involved in a dispute at the office before the stabbing, which police said occurred with a pocket-knife style weapon.
When officers arrived, they found a number of stabbing victims and began treating them on the scene, said Officer Damon Miller, a spokesman for TPD. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was killed. Five people were taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and were being treated.
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Interim TPD Police Chief Steve Outlaw told media at a news conference “you cant help but wonder” whether the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a factor in the attack, but he said police have found no evidence of any connections to the anniversary. He said police still have not determined a motive and the attack was “spontaneous.”
Chief Outlaw noted Brown has prior run-ins with law enforcement from years back. A Florida Department of Corrections offender website shows the 41-year-old spent time in prison for drug dealing and grand theft in cases going back to 1996. He was most recently released from prison in July 2009.
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Frantic family members gathered behind police tape and shared stories of the horror that unfolded inside the business.
The stabbing occurred at Dyke Industries, wholesale building material supplier, which is about four miles from Florida State University, according to CNN. The suspect is in custody and five people are in the hospital following the attack. It is not yet known if the suspect is or was an employee at the business.
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Marquitta Campbells husband Bobby Riggins Jr. arrived for a job interview at Dyke Industries Inc. at about 8:30 a.m. She said she was on the phone with him when she heard a commotion.
The next thing I know, he said, Baby, Ive been stabbed five times, Campbell said as she waited for answers. Ive been stabbed.
Her husband later called her from the hospital to tell her he had internal bleeding and was going into surgery.
Ellen Mospens said her husband, Dennis McMaster, escaped without injury. He texted her to say there had been a massive stabbing at the business. Come get me, he said.
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The morning attack, which became the subject of live feeds on major cable TV networks, further fuels a bloody week in Tallahassee. City officials were already grappling with a rash of shootings over the weekend that left two dead and one injured.
Danielle Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, said an initial report of six victims was incorrect.
“One patient is in serious condition; two patients are in fair condition; and two patients are in good condition,” she said.
Officials said 41 year-old Antwann Demetris Brown was an employee at Dyke Industries. He reportedly clocked in to work at 8 a.m. and clocked out at 8:20 a.m.
Dyke Industries, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, has 15 distribution outlets in 18 states and provides residential and commercial building materials, including interior and exterior doors, according to the companys website.
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An initial report that the incident occurred at the neighboring Coca-Cola plant was incorrect. But other media reports say workers chased the suspect to the plant parking lot, where the suspect was arrested.
Linda Sewell, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola UNITED, which owns Tallahassee Coca-Cola Bottling Co., said 150 employees work at the Tallahassee site next to the Dyke Industries distribution outlet. She said no Coca-Cola employee was involved in the incident.
We are very grateful that all of our associates are safe, Sewell said. Our hearts break for those who are impacted by this tragedy.
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The Latest: Hospital says 5 victims in Tallahassee stabbings
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Police Department says a Dyke Industries employee was arrested after five people were stabbed at the manufacturer along Maryland Circle on the citys northwest side.
Officers arrested Antwann Demetris Brown, 41, about 10 to 15 minutes after the first stabbing, Interim Police Chief Steve Outlaw said in a press conference. He was caught about a block away from the Dyke Industries building.
Police say Brown got into an argument with another employee when he clocked in at 8 a.m. Brown was told to clock out, which he did at 8:20 a.m., then police were called at 8:33 a.m.
Outlaw says the department doesnt know what Brown did exactly during the time between clocking out and engaging the victims. Outlaw also says the argument with another employee didnt get physical.
Police say he used a small, folding pocket knife-style knife in the stabbing. His fellow employees armed themselves with what they could and held Brown at bay during the attack.
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Outlaw says there is nothing to indicate that Brown was giving indications of his plans, motives or anything else ahead of time.
“You cant help but wonder, on the first flush when you hear that, is this related to the anniversary? You just cant help but wonder that,” Outlaw said. “Very, very sad occasion… But fortunately, from what we can tell, there was no relationship to the anniversary.”
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Investigators are continuing interviews with witnesses and victims, as well as looking at surveillance footage. Police will have a presence at the crime scene as they try to determine Browns path and sequence of events.
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital says it received five patients, not six like it initially said, from the incident.
A hospital spokesperson says one victim is in serious condition, two are in fair condition and two others are in good condition.
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The hospital says serious condition is the designation below critical condition. Fair condition indicates normal vital signs, but the patient may be uncomfortable, according to the hospital. Finally, good condition means vital signs are stable and normal.
Dyke Industries has locations across the southeast, including Tallahassee and two others in Florida.
It provides residential and commercial building materials including interior and exterior doors, millwork, and windows. According to manta.com, Dyke Industries in Tallahassee employs about 20 to 49 people.
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This is a developing story, and it will be updated with the latest information our reporter gathers at the scene.