A suspect is in custody after a mass stabbing at Dyke Industries in Maryland Circle in Tallahassee, according to the city’s police department. Multiple people have been wounded, the Tallahassee Police Department said in a statement.
Maryland Circle is an industrial area close to Mission Road and I-10 in the northwest of Florida’s capital.
Reports Indicate That as Many as 6 People Have Been Stabbed
The press release from the Tallahassee PD says that officers responded to the 2000 block of Maryland Circle at 8:37 a.m. on September 11. The release describes there being “multiple stabbing victims” who received “immediate medical attention.” The conditions of those injured has not been made public.
WCTV reports that the victims are being treated at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Officials from the hospital said in a brief statement, “They are currently being evaluated by our medical team. We will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.” The case is being investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit. Earlier reports that the stabbing took place at the Coca-Cola Distribution Center in the area were incorrect.
The Suspect Is a ‘Former Employee Who Was Fired’
Employees of Dyke Industries told ABC Tallahassee that the suspect is a former employee who had recently been fired.
One Report Says That Employees Chased the Suspect From the Building
One employee of the business where the attack occurred, Dennis McMaster, sent a text to his wife reading, “massive stabbing. Come get me,” on the morning of the attack, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.
WVFT’s Greg Tish tweeted that the incident may have occurred at Dyke Industries. Tish wrote, “Suspect was chased by employees and one hit the suspect in face with a hammer trying to stop him. Multiple ppl rolled out on stretchers.” In a later tweet, Tish said that one employee chased the suspect on a 4×2 while another swung at the suspect with a hammer.
One Man Who Was There for an Interview Was Stabbed 5 Times, His Wife Said
Another man, Bobby Riggins Jr., was at the scene for an interview with Dyke Industries. His wife, Marquitta Campbell, told the Tallahassee Democrat that her husband was stabbed five times.
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