A former Leo's Upholstery Shop worker, who was reportedly terminated about a month ago, came into the store Tuesday and allegedly stabbed another employee before fleeing the scene.
The male suspect, described to be about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, still was on the loose as of press time Tuesday, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
The suspect reportedly fled on foot across the street, then drove northbound on Russell Avenue in his Chevrolet Caprice, officials said.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Santa Maria Police, along with AMR and Santa Maria City Fire Department, responded to 1180 West Main St., where they found the male victim, who had sustained two, nonlife-threatening stab wounds to his back, according to authorities. He was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center.
The victim, a Leo's Upholstery Shop employee, was able to communicate with law enforcement and personnel, according to Santa Maria Police Officer Matthew Kline, who added that the suspect and victim reportedly knew each other.
The office manager of Leo's Upholstery confirmed that the suspect was a former employee of the business.
"I didn't witness the incident, thank God," said the manager, who declined to give her name. "I was on lunch, came back and saw AMR and police, and I thought, 'What is going on?' I thought the owner had a heart attack at first."
The manager added: "This is scary. I feel so overwhelmed. It worries me that he's still out there because what if he comes back? We obviously don't want more retaliation."