Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Goes on Stabbing Spree after Being Fired at Toronto Office, Injures 4 People

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Goes on Stabbing Spree after Being Fired at Toronto Office, Injures 4 People

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Four injured after office stabbing in Toronto

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TORONTO - A man working at the Toronto branch of a multinational human resources company went on a stabbing spree after being told he would lose his job, injuring four co-workers in the bloody rampage, police said Wednesday.

The incident took place around 9:30 a.m. at the fifth-floor offices of Ceridian, which provides payroll and "human capital management" services.

"He was being fired and I guess then he proceeded to get involved in stabbing some of his bosses and some other employees," Det. Daniel Darnbrough told The Canadian Press.

Police charged Chuang Li, 47, of Mississauga, Ont., with three counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of assault with a weapon. He was set to appear in court on Thursday.

Ceridian would only describe the man as a "former employee."

"This is a very difficult time. The entire Ceridian family is shocked and deeply saddened by this incident," the company said in a statement. "All four employees are being treated by medical experts at area hospitals."

Police said the suspect -- who was arrested at the scene -- used a "sharp instrument...possibly a knife before those around him were able to hold him down.

"I believe the employees eventually subdued him until the police got here," Darnbrough said.

Police said a 32-year-old woman and three men between the ages of 35 and 45 were taken to hospital. The woman's injuries were described as life-threatening.

The suspect was not injured in the incident. Footage from outside the office building showed a bespectacled man wearing a striped blue office shirt and dark jeans being led into a police cruiser.

"We still have a lot of forensic evidence to gather here," Darnbrough said."It's an ongoing investigation."

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

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