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Porn star sought in fatal attack

Police are searching for a porn actor suspected of killing one colleague and injuring two others with a sword that was used as a movie prop at a production studio where the suspect had been living.

Stephen Hill, 34, attacked his colleagues during a small social gathering late on Tuesday at Ultima DVD Inc.'s distribution and production centre in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police Detective Joel Price said.

Hill had been told a week earlier to leave the studio by Wednesday.

"There was no indication that things were going to get violent, there was nothing that provoked this attack, but at some point Steven chose to arm himself with what can be best described as a sword," Price said. "He then used that sword against those three victims."

Hill attacked one man near the back on the facility and turned on two others when they tried to intervene, police said. A 30-year-old man who tried to help suffered a stab wound to the torso and died at a hospital. The other two victims were expected to survive.

Hill appeared in some Ultima films and had worked on its website, but Price believed the studio severed its business ties with Hill when he was told to leave the production facility.

Hill was on probation in connection with an unrelated charge of carrying a concealed weapon, said Price, who had no other details about that case.

Hill had lived for several months in a section of the production facility that appeared to double as an adult movie set. A witness to the attack also lived in the building, sleeping in a studio furnished as a bedroom.

Police found a dried pool of blood near one of the building's doors as well as several drops of blood leading toward a row of parking spaces.

Nelson said Hill appeared in films under the name Steve Driver. The Internet Adult Film Database lists 13 credits for him, including films for Ultima and other companies.

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