7 taken to hospital after knife attack at mental facility

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HOMESTEAD, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say seven people have been taken to the hospital after a knife attack at a mental health facility near Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County police say the situation Friday afternoon is under control.

A Pittsburgh television station says the armed man was shot by police and subdued at Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation in Homestead.

Employee C.J. Fulton tells WTAE that the man pulled a gun as he complained that a prior stay at the facility had “ruined” his life.

The center’s executive director described what happened as a “hostage situation on the fifth floor” and said the man also threatened staff with a knife.

WTAE reports that a lockdown has been lifted at a nearby elementary school.

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