Man Stabs Four People in Canada Office Building

Toronto police stand outside an office building following a stabbing in Toronto, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. A man stabbed four of his colleagues at a Toronto office building before being subdued, police said Wednesday. Nathan Denette / AP

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A former employee of a human resources company stabbed four of the company's workers at a Toronto office building before being subdued, officials said Wednesday.

Toronto police Det. Dan Darnbrough said employees held the man before police arrived. Darnbrough said two of the four are in serious condition. A 32-year-old woman and three men between the ages of 35 and 45 were injured, he said.

Ceridian, a global payroll and human resources company known for its software, said four of its employees were attacked by a former employee. Ceridian, based in Bloomington, Minn., said the four are being treated in hospital.

Darnbrough said the man, about 45 years old, is in custody, following the stabbing on the fifth floor of the building. Police said they believe the suspect used a knife. Police earlier said they were called at about 9:30 a.m. local time with reports that "a man with scissors" had entered the business and began stabbing people.

Television footage showed police putting a handcuffed man, wearing a bloodied shirt, into a police car. The man turned his head while in the backseat and said hello to a TV camera pointed at him.

Police have not released the suspect's identity.

Steve Paraskevopoulos, who worked on the fourth floor of the building, recalls hearing a commotion coming from above.

"It was kind of a stampede kind of sound," he said. "It was an odd thing, we have thick slab concrete floors. You never hear a thing from somebody above you unless there's construction."

Paraskevopoulos later saw the victims, who were smeared with noticeable traces of blood.

"There was one guy who looked like he took a stab across the head, it was all bandaged up," he said.

—The Associated Press