There are certain jobs many in California would agree may be inherently dangerous. Working in a retail store is generally not one of the jobs people would believe could be dangerous. Unfortunately, at least a couple of employees were injured at work when several workers at a Nordstrom Rack in Los Angeles were taken hostage.
One brave employee managed to call someone, asking them to let police know of their situation. The employee told a loved one that approximately 14 employees were being held hostage inside the store by two gunmen. When police arrived and rescued the hostages, it was discovered that the gunman had somehow eluded police. A white SUV was seen quickly leaving the area as police arrived, and that same vehicle was later found in Culver City. Police plan to release surveillance video of the suspects in an effort to locate and apprehend them.
Once the SWAT team was able to enter the store, they found several people locked in the store's storage room, while the other two were discovered in a bathroom. Police discovered that one person had been stabbed and another had been sexually assaulted. No one else seems to have been physically injured during the ordeal.
Even though the two employees that were injured at work were treated and released, they may have lingering physical and psychological issues surrounding this incident. These two employees and the other hostages may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and any missed time from work while they heal. It may benefit the employees to seek advice and assistance to ensure they receive all of the benefits they may be entitled to under California law.
Source: Reuters, "Gunmen at Los Angeles Nordstrom Rack hold employees for hours," Alex Dobuzinskis, Jan. 11, 2013