A retired Cal State Fullerton administrator was stabbed to death Monday morning on the first day of the university’s academic year, and the assailant is still at large, police said.
Fullerton police responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot near the College Park building. Police found the victim, a man in his late 50s, inside a silver Infiniti, bleeding from his head with multiple stab wounds.
The suspect, a man in his 20s with black hair, black pants and a black shirt, was last seen heading toward the Marriott area, police said. Officers were looking for him in the surrounding area.
“Do not confront suspect,” the Cal State Fullerton Police Department said.
Police think the retired administrator, who was working as a consultant on campus, was targeted, said Lt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department. Authorities initially said the victim was a retired faculty member who worked in international student affairs.
Radus said detectives don’t know what prompted the attack.
“We don’t believe there is a random stabber on the loose at this particular time,” he said.
Radus said campus police were not aware of any threats toward the slain man. Officers will increase their patrols around the campus throughout the day. Though the academic year has begun for the campus, classes do not begin until Aug. 24.
The attack happened as campus police were filming active-shooter scenarios in the Pollack Library, a campus Carl’s Jr. and elsewhere to prepare students and staff for emergencies, according to campus spokeswoman Cerise Metzger. The filming was canceled after reports of the attack.
LaToya Green, a communications lecturer at the university, said panicked students were texting her all morning. Green, 30, works in the College Park office building that towers over the crime scene.
She arrived to work about 10 a.m., after police had already swarmed the area.
“Before the location was determined, some of my students were in a panic,” Green said. “You never think this is going to happen at your campus.”
Junior David Velazquez, 19, was on his way to a nearby grocery store around 11 a.m. when he saw police vehicles on scene.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Velazquez said. “This makes me more alert for what can happen on campus. You’ve seen a lot lately about bad things happening at schools. For something like this to happen, makes me think something worse could happen.”