Police in Tallahassee were still trying to determine what set off the suspect and prompted him to pull out a pocketknife and stab co-workers before fleeing the workplace on foot. They identified the suspect as Antwann Brown, 41.
It appeared that he actually sought out certain victims, interim Police Chief Steven Outlaw said during a news conference just yards from the business.
One victim was in serious condition at a hospital, two were in fair condition and another two were in good condition, said Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare spokeswoman Danielle Buchanan.
Brown was apprehended without a struggle not far from Dyke Industries, which supplies doors and windows to residential and commercial customers. Police said he had worked there for just over three months.
At least five people stabbed at Tallahassee workplace, suspect in custody, police say
Outlaw said there was no indication of any pending employment actions against Brown. A company representative didnt immediately return a request for comment.
Police said Brown clocked in at about 8 a.m. as he normally should. Minutes later, he was engaged in some kind of dispute at work, Outlaw said, and clocked out at 8:20. Outlaw could not elaborate on what the dispute was about.
When the suspect later returned and began attacking people, other co-workers fended him off with sticks and whatever they could grab, according to Outlaw, calling those heroic actions. The co-workers pinned down the suspect, but he escaped.
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital revised the number of injuries down from six, as previously reported, adding none of the patients sustained life-threatening wounds.
Court records show Brown has a lengthy arrest record, mostly for drug offenses, dating back from when he was in his teens. He had past arrests for resisting arrest without violence, trespassing, grand theft and domestic battery. The battery charge was dropped in 2014.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Tallahassee Fire Department Engineer Eric Reeves performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace,” on Wednesday at the City of Tallahassees remembrance of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The city hosted a memorial service at Fire Station 16, with many local leaders attending: Mayor John Dailey, Consolidated Dispatch Agency Director Steve Harrelson, TFD Chief Jerome Gaines and Tallahassee Police Department Chief Steve Outalaw all discussed where they were on that day, 18 years ago.
Outlaw said while the motive of the attack is yet to be determined, it is believed to be not linked to the Sept. 11 anniversary.
“I want the kids of today, the ones who either are too young to remember or werent alive then, to know that we were tested,” Fried said. “We as Americans, but we came together, and told the rest of the world why we are Americans, why we are proud to be Americans”
The ceremony also included the recitation of the Public Safety Pledge and the tolling of the bell, a tradition which honors those who gave their lives to their duty.