A retired Cal State Fullerton administrator was fatally stabbed in a campus parking lot Monday in what police described as a targeted attack.
The victim was found about 8:45 a.m. with multiple stab wounds in a silver Infiniti sedan parked in a lot outside an administrative building in the 600 block of Langsdorf Drive, Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus said. The victim was in his late 50s, Radus said.
A witness called 911 and described the suspect as a man in his mid-20s with black hair, wearing a black shirt and black pants, Radus said. The suspect was last seen running north on Langsdorf and then east on Nutwood Avenue, Radus said.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department bloodhounds were being used to help search for the suspect, Radus said.
Fullerton police later summoned a bomb squad to check a backpack that was found underneath the victim’s car. The bomb squad later found an incendiary device inside the backpack, along with tools that could be used in a kidnapping, police said.
Radus said both the victim and suspect were of Asian descent, but it was still unclear what motivated the crime.
“We do not know the motive at this point,” Radus said, adding that investigators believe the victim was “targeted” by his assailant.
“We do not believe there is a random stabber on the loose at this particular time,” Radus said.
The victim had not received any specific threats recently, Radus said.
Radus initially described the victim as a retired faculty member who had returned to the campus, working in international student admissions. CSUF officials later called him “a retired administrator working as a consultant on campus.”
University officials said counseling and support services were being offered for anyone needing such assistance.
The killing came on the day that authorities with the Cal State Fullerton Police Department were scheduled to film an active-shooter educational video on the campus, aimed at helping students and staff prepare for emergencies. That filming, however, was canceled in light of the crime.
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