Fullerton police identified the victim as Steven Shek Keung Chan, a 57-year-old resident of Hacienda Heights. He was a retired administrator who was working as a consultant on campus.
They do not believe it was a random attack.
"Investigators now believe the victim was targeted based on their investigation. They will be working around the clock to identify the suspect involved," Fullerton police wrote on Instagram.
- Cal State Fullerton Update -— FullertonPD PIO (@FPDPIO) August 19, 2019
The investigation into the homicide that occurred at 600 Langsdorf, on the campus of Cal State Fullerton continues. The victim has been identified as Steven Shek Keung Chan (57 years… https://t.co/f50ofHhjHl
The victim was found with multiple stab wounds in campus parking Lot S, on the corner of College Place and Langsdorf Drive, after somebody who witnessed the incident called 911 around 8:30 a.m.
The suspect, a man in his 20s with black hair, black pants and a black shirt, was last seen heading eastbound on Nutwood Avenue. Authorities were using bloodhounds to try and locate him.
A crude incendiary device was found inside a backpack under the victim's car along with items that could potentially be used to kidnap someone, according to Fullerton Police Department Lt. Jon Radus. A weapon police believe is similar to the weapon used in the stabbing was also found.
UPDATE: Crime appears to be a homicide caused by a bladed weapon. Suspect description: Asian adult male in mid twenties, black hair, black pants and black shirt last seen headed east on Nutwood. @csuf— CSU Fullerton PD (@csufpd) August 19, 2019
A motive had not been determined, though Fullerton police believe the victim was targeted. The nature of the relationship between the victim and suspect was not clear.
Police said there was no active threat, but the people were being told to avoid the area around parking Lot S.
Filming for an active shooter training had been scheduled near the campus library that day, but the two were not related, according to a tweet from the university.
A statement from the university's president Framroze Virjee said in part:
"As the investigation into Steven's death is ongoing, we are unable to provide information beyond what the Fullerton Police share publicly. What I can do, however, is join all of you in adding to the tremendous outreach of love and support that has already embraced our Titan Family during this tragic and difficult time."
The statement further said the university's police is working with Fullerton police and will continue to brief the campus as more is known.