Cal State Fullerton consultant killed in campus stabbing
FULLERTON, Calif. — A retired administrator working as a consultant to California State University, Fullerton was fatally stabbed in a campus parking lot Monday in what police called a targeted attack, though they were not sure of a motive.
The victim was in his late 50s and worked in international student admissions at the sprawling campus south of Los Angeles, Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said. The victim’s identity was not immediately released by authorities.
A witness who called 911 at 8:27 a.m. said the suspect ran away, Radus said. Police found the victim inside a car with multiple stab wounds.
Breaking: bomb squad find an incendiary device and items one would use to kidnap someone as well as a weapon similar to that used in the homicide per @FPDPIO . This proves the victim was targeted say officers. @csuf @cbsla #cbsla #murder #fullerton pic.twitter.com/NvwNibXWlx
— michele gile (@CBSmichelegile) August 19, 2019
The suspect and victim were both described as Asian.
City and campus police responded and unsuccessfully rendered first-aid, a university statement said.
“We do not know motive at this point for what occurred,” Radus told reporters. “We do not believe there is a random stabber.”
Authorities described the suspect as a man in his 20s with black hair wearing black pants and a black shirt.
There was no order to shelter in place because the man was believed to have left the campus, but police presence was boosted.
Retired Cal State Fullerton faculty member is stabbed to death in campus parking lot on the first day of the semester in a TARGETED attack https://t.co/YiQtQ4yHHm
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 19, 2019
The nearly 40,000-student commuter school in the middle of its host city in Orange County is part of the 23-campus California State University system. It is well known in the sports world for producing nationally ranked baseball teams and major leaguers including Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Khris Davis of the Oakland Athletics.
According to the university’s calendar, the academic year started Monday and classes were to resume later in the week.