An unidentified “college-aged” man was stabbed to death inside a Sonoma State University dorm on Sunday, May 14.
According to officials, one person is dead and another male suspect has been arrested after the stabbing that occurred just before 6 p.m. in the Sauvignon Village residential community, a freshman dorm at Sonoma State University. Police say that both the victim and suspect both are of college age, however, they would not confirm if they were Sonoma State students. However, NBC reports that students interviewed in the area believe the victim was a student at the school.
Paul Gullixson, a spokesman for Sonoma State University, said that there is “no risk to students” and that they “have somebody we believe is the potential suspect.”
A Sonoma State student named Kyle Stickels told KPIX 5 he believes he may have seen the assailant just after the incident happened.
“We heard some screaming and I ran outside to see what was going on, because it was obvious; no joking around, screaming,” said Stickels. “I looked around and there was a guy. He started walking down the stairs. And I looked at him and he came around and then I saw the right side of him. And his arm was all bloody and he was carrying a knife. And I just kind of stared at him. And he looked at me and he said, ‘I was attacked.’ And at that point, me and my friends started telling everyone to get inside.”
The university is offering grief counselors to assist students. The homicide is the first on the campus in the 57-year history of Sonoma State University. The Petaluma Police Department is assisting in the investigation. Authorities have yet to identify the victim or the suspect.