by Robert Jablon and Stephanie Diazio
LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Police on Saturday identified the man who allegedly stabbed a doctor and two nurses inside the emergency ward of a Southern California hospital and stayed in a room for hours before police arrested him. stayed inside.
35-year-old Ashkan Amirsolimani has been booked in three counts of attempt to murder related to Friday’s attack. The Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter.
He is being held on $3 million bail. It was not immediately clear Saturday whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf and the district attorney’s office did not respond to an email asking whether charges have been filed.
Police have yet to reveal Amirolemani’s motive, and Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Cervantes said Saturday no other information was available.
Police said Amirsolimani walked into Encino Hospital Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.
Officials said he parked his car in the middle of an alley and went to the emergency room, where he asked doctors and nurses to treat anxiety before stabbing him.
Fire officials said three victims were taken to a trauma center in critical condition. Police later said that one was in critical condition and had undergone surgery.
KNBC-TV reports that Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center said two of the victims were treated and released. The TV station reported that the third victim is hospitalized in a fair but stable condition.
The hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
Police said the first floor of Encino Hospital and some nearby offices were evacuated during the attack.
LAPD deputy chief Alan Hamilton said at a news conference Friday that there was no evidence that the man – later identified as Amirolemani – knew the victims.
Police said he remained inside a room at the hospital for nearly four hours as members of the SWAT team unsuccessfully tried to negotiate with him before arresting him.
No one else was injured and other patients were being treated at the hospital, according to Elizabeth Nickels, a spokeswoman for Prime Healthcare, which runs Encino Hospital.
Officials said Amirolemani was later taken to another hospital for treatment for injuries to his hands.
Hamilton said he has a long criminal record, which included the battery of a police officer last year and two arrests for resisting arrest.
Benjamin Roman, an ultrasound technician, told KNBC-TV that before he was stabbed, he looked at the suspect, who had a dog and was high on drugs because he looked anxious and was drenched in sweat.
After the hospital issued an “internal triage” code, Roman said he saw a doctor and a nurse who were stabbed.
“The doctor looked (like) she was in pain,” he said. “There was a lot of blood and it looked like… he must have found his stomach.”
Niklas said in an email that hospital staff faced the harsh situation with “incredible courage, calmness and dedication”.
“Their focus remained on the safety of the entire staff and patients,” she wrote.
Two days after the attack, a gunman killed four people and then killed himself in a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Officials said the assailant broke into a building on the St. Francis Hospital complex with little difficulty, hours after purchasing an AR-style rifle.
The man killed his surgeon and three others in a medical office. He blamed the doctor for the constant pain after a recent back operation.