Police hunt suspect in fatal California university stabbing

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Manhunt underway for suspect in California university stabbing

Police on Tuesday hunted a black-clad attacker who fatally stabbed a retired administrator at California State University, Fullerton, in the campus parking lot. A 911 call sent officers to the lot Monday morning where they found Steven Shek Keung Chan inside his silver Infiniti.

He was bleeding from his head and had been stabbed many times, police said. Efforts to help him failed and the 57-year-old Hacienda Heights man died at the scene, police said.

A backpack believed to belong to the attacker was found under the car. It contained a knife-like weapon, items that could be used in a kidnapping and an incendiary device, Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said.

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"It was basically like a bottle with flammable liquid and a potential igniter" but it had not been set off, Radus said.

The 911 caller described the attacker they saw run away as a man in his 20s with black hair, wearing black pants and a black shirt, Radus said. Officers using dogs searched for the man but couldn't find him. Police "will be working around the clock to identify the suspect involved," the department said in a tweet.

The attacker targeted Chan specifically although investigators were still trying to determine the motive, Radus said. From 2009 to 2017, Chan was the university's director of budget and finance and student services for university extended education, the university said.

Officials remove a body of a stabbing victim at California State University, Fullerton on Monday, August 19, 2019. Amy Taxin / AP

He returned to campus as a special consultant in early 2019 "to provide his sage guidance and wisdom," university President Fram Virjee said in a statement.

Virjee said he did not know Chan personally "but over the past few hours, in providing a shoulder to lean on for those who were close to him, it is clear that he was beloved for his commitment to and passion for both Cal State Fullerton and our Titan Family."

CSUF's new academic year began Monday although no students were on campus because weekend classes don't start until Saturday and weekday classes until Monday, the school said.

The attack came as campus police were filming active-shooter scenarios in Pollack Library and other locations as part of emergency preparation. The filming was canceled after the attack.

The nearly 40,000-student commuter school in the middle of its host city in Orange County has the largest enrollment in 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.

"It worries me. I walk here all the time," student Leslie Cano told CBS Los Angeles. "I park off campus. I don't want this to happen one day when I'm walking home alone at night."

In 1976, a custodian with a history of mental illness opened fire with a rifle in the school library, killing seven people and wounding two others. Edward Allaway was convicted of murder but then found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to a mental hospital.

In 1984, physics professor Edward Cooperman was shot and killed at school by a former student, 21-year-old Minh Van Lam, who served less than two years in prison. He said the shooting was an accident.

First published on August 20, 2019 / 2:00 PM

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