Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement to the L.A. Times he was “shocked and saddened” by the incident.
“These families were already experiencing a hardship and now this — it’s senseless,” he said.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Brandon Dean told the L.A. Times that Martinez, 37, was detained by hospital staff before being arrested.
BuzzFeed News reported Martinez was removed from the hospital after the attack. He has been charged with murder and has a sentencing enhancement for elder abuse and religion-motivated hate crime, the L.A. Times reported.
According to records, BuzzFeed News reported, Martinez was booked into the county jail, where he is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He is due to appear in court Monday.