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Police Fatally Shoot Suspect After Six Stabbed In Long Beach Knife Attack

Police said a 28-year-old man attacked his wife and brother-in-law with a 7-inch knife, before attacking a neighbor and workers at a nearby convalescent home.

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Relatives of a suspected attacker arrive at the scene after a fatal police shooting Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. Long Beach police shot and killed the man they say stabbed multiple people on Friday.

Six people were stabbed Friday night in Long Beach, California, before police shot and killed a suspect armed with a knife that had a 7-inch blade, authorities said.

Police suspect the man first stabbed his 29-year-old wife and 25-year-old brother-in-law, before attacking a neighbor in their Long Beach apartment building, according to a statement released by the Long Beach Police Department.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Derrick Lee Hunt, then walked to a nearby convalescent home across the street from his home.

There, police said, he stabbed three employees of the nursing home.

Long Beach Police said the motive for the string of stabbings Friday was not immediately clear.

Police arrived to the area about two minutes after the first 911 call was made, officials said.

As officers neared the apartment complex, they were flagged down by people who pointed them toward the suspect, according to the statement.

Police did not release details as to how the shooting occurred, but said the officers opened fire when they encountered the suspect.

Hunt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five of the six victims were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated, officials said. They are all believed to be in stable condition.

One of the victims suffered only superficial wounds and was treated at the scene.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Salvador Hernandez at salvador.hernandez@buzzfeed.com.

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