Southern California nurse stabbed outside emergency room

At approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday, September 19, a nurse was stabbed to death outside the emergency room at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, California. The 49-year-old male nurse was approaching the hospital to start his night shift when he was stabbed multiple times in the neck and injured his right hand.

The nurse was flown to a nearby trauma center in critical condition. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the attacker pulled out a knife and stabbed him multiple times. No words were exchanged between the nurse and the attacker prior to the stabbing. The police believe it was a random attack by a homeless person.

The hospital was put on temporary lockdown while a search was carried out for the suspect who escaped. Police believe the attacker may be living in a nearby homeless camp, but are not releasing any security footage at this time.

The nurse was listed in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Mission Community Hospital released a statement saying it has increased security, but the statement doesn’t go into specifics. However, increased security will not solve the problem of increasing violence rooted in the deepening social crisis caused by an economic and political system dominated by a corporate oligarchy that puts profit before human life, ie capitalism.

The increasing presence of police and security guards in healthcare facilities is increasing violence against patients who can and have been victims of police abuse and police shootings.

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In response to the September 19 attack, other health care workers immediately ran to help the wounded nurse. “Everybody jumped in, brought him in and took him somewhere to take care of him,” said Dr. James Higgins, a cardiologist at Mission Community Hospital. “It’s just scary, it’s a really sad thing that it’s going to happen in a place where you’re really trying to help people and save them. Instead, it’s almost like the opposite… Just shows you what’s going on in the world sometimes.”