Friday, October 7, 2022

Man Charged in Fatal Stabbing of California High School Student

A 52-year-old man was charged with murder after a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death outside her high school in central California on Monday morning, the authorities said.

The stabbing occurred outside Stagg High School in Stockton, Calif., the authorities said. The department said the stabbing appeared to have been a “random act.”

On Monday night, the Stockton Police Department said in a Facebook post that a suspect, later identified as Anthony Gray, had been arrested, charged and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, said by phone on Monday that the authorities were trying to determine why the student had been targeted. It was not clear whether the man had a previous relationship with the student, Officer Silva added.

The student, whose name was not immediately released, was standing near the entrance of Stagg High School just after 11 am when a man drove onto school grounds in a car, parked and then stabbed her several times, according to the police.

She was taken to a hospital, where she died, John Ramirez Jr., the superintendent of the Stockton Unified School District, said at a news conference outside the school on Monday afternoon.

The superintendent credited a police officer from the school district who had been present with helping to prevent the attack “from continuing.”

Mr. Gray, who appears to be from Stockton, according to Officer Silva, was later taken into custody.

The high school in Stockton, a city of about 300,000 that is 40 miles south of Sacramento, was placed on lockdown after the attack, school officials said. The district said that classes would resume as usual on Tuesday morning.

Eduardo Medina and Mike Ives contributed reporting.

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