Suspect in custody after doctor, 2 nurses stabbed at Encino Hospital Medical Center

A man suspected of stabbing a doctor and two nurses at an Encino hospital before barricading himself in a room at the facility for several hours was taken into custody Friday night, according to authorities.

The victims are being treated at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center and are stable, said Christina Zicklin, a hospital spokesperson.

Police sources and Elizabeth Nikels, a spokesperson for Prime Healthcare, which runs the hospital, confirmed that the victims were a doctor and two nurses.

About 45 minutes later, a radio call went out reporting a person armed with a knife at the hospital, he said. Officers determined that someone had stabbed the three hospital employees.

The incident was reported around 3:50 p.m. at Encino Hospital Medical Center at 16237 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

While all three victims were initially reported by police to be in stable condition, Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton later said two are in stable condition, while one is in critical condition.

The alleged assailant was believed to be barricaded inside a room in the hospital, police said in a tweet, later adding shortly after 8:30 p.m. that he had been taken into custody.