A 15-year-old female student died on April 18 after a “trespasser” entered her high school in California and stabbed her “multiple times,” district officials said.
Stockton Police Department said in a statement that the incident occurred at 11:05 a.m. local time at Stagg High School.
“An adult male drove to the front parking lot of the school and parked his vehicle. He then exited his car, walked over to the student, and stabbed her,” police said.
Stockton Unified School District Superintendent John Ramirez Jr. said that the student was taken to the hospital where she later died.
A school district police officer on the scene “immediately” apprehended the assailant, who has now been taken into custody, Ramirez told reporters.
Stockton Police Deputy Chief Eric Kane described the assailant as an adult male in his 40s.
It was not yet clear if the attacker and the victim knew each other, Ramirez said.
Officials said the motive for the attack is still under investigation.
According to Ramirez, there were school staff at the front of the school, but the attacker was still able to come through the gate.
Ramirez said officials “will definitely be reevaluating” security measures in light of the incident.
The school was placed in lockdown, following the attack.
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