Steven Shek Keung Chan was stabbed fatally on the campus of California State University Fullerton on the first day of the academic year. He was described by the university as a former administrator and a consultant.
Chan’s was not immediately disclosed by the police. Rather, he was described as an Asian man in his fifties. One of the campus updates tweeted by the university following the traumatic event read, “The victim involved was in his late 50s, and was a retired administrator working as a consultant on campus. Previous reports incorrectly indicate he was a faculty member.”
Shortly following the incident, Fullerton Police Department confirmed Chan’s identity in an Instagram post. The statement read in part, “The victim has been identified as Steven Shek Keung Chan (57 years old), from Hacienda Heights.” Chan’s death took place on the first day of the academic year for Cal State Fullerton. Classes are set to begin on Saturday, according to KTLA.
The suspect in Chan’s murder is still at large; a manhunt is underway.
Here’s what you need to know:
Chan Was Working in the International Relations Office at the Time of His Death
According to Los Angeles Magazine, Chan was a former administrator who was signed on to work as a consultant in the International Relations Office at the time of his death. He was not, however, a faculty member, as early reports noted.
Multiple publications reported that Chan’s fatal stabbing took place at the same time that police were filming active shooter scenarios near the university library; the videos were to be used as educational tools for university employees and students, The Los Angeles Times reports. The filming was canceled after word of the stabbing spread.
Police Say They Have Reason to Believe the Attack Was Targeted
Following the incident, authorities described the suspect as an asian male in his twenties, who had black hair and was dressed in all-black.
Per KTLA, Fullerton Police Department Lieutenant Jon Radus said, “There is obviously the belief at this particular point in time that the faculty member … was targeted. Of course that will be part of our investigation.”
Radus added, “We don’t believe there is a random stabber on the loose at this particular time.”
An ‘Incendiary Device’ Was Found Beneath Chan’s Vehicle, Authorities Say
Authorities found an “incendiary” device beneath Chan’s car following the incident. Lt. Radus didn’t go into details about the device, but he did describe it as “crude” and as “something capable of starting a fire,” per The Los Angeles Times. He also noted that the device would have had to been set off manually.
Authorities also found items that they believe indicated intent to kidnap, though Radus did not go into detail about what those items were.