FULLERTON (CBSLA) — A retired Cal State Fullerton administrator was fatally stabbed in a campus parking lot Monday in what police are calling a targeted attack.
Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, of Hacienda Heights, 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.
A bomb squad was later called to the scene 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, according to police.
Fullerton police said a weapon similar to that used in the homicide was also found. Officers said the findings proved that the victim was targeted.
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
Police initially reported that the victim was a faculty member, but then the school issued a correction to confirm he was an administrator.
Chan was a retired annuitant who had returned to the school to work in “international student registration,” Radus disclosed.
The suspect was described as an Asian man in his mid-20s. He was last seen running north on Langsdorf Drive and east on Nutwood Avenue. Investigators could not confirm a motive or whether they believe the suspect is a student, Radus said. They are looking into whether the victim was targeted.
“We do not believe there is an active stabber on the loose at this particular time,” Radus said.
Coincidentally, the university had planned a drill at the Pollak Library in the center of the campus. The university says the incident in College Park is not connected to the drill.
The campus was not locked down during the incident.
Bloodhounds were dispatched by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to help search for the suspect near the 57 Freeway, but found no trace of him.
As the manhunt continued Monday night, some students on campus were uneasy.
“It worries me. I walk here all the time,” says student Leslie Cano. “I park off campus. I don’t want this to happen one day when I’m walking home alone at night.”