Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

1 dead, 1 arrested after stabbing in Sonoma State University dorm

1 dead, 1 arrested after stabbing in Sonoma State University dorm

"This is not a random act", he said. "Everyone involved knew each other".

Sunday's stabbing happened on the eve of finals week for the spring semester.

According to Sonoma authorities, campus police and fire fighters arrived at the Sauvignon Village residential community after receiving numerous alerts about the stabbing. Initial dispatch reports indicated someone had a hand wound.

Lyons says the victim was a 26-year-old man from Sonoma County. Bratton was stopped in the area, detained and later arrested, police police say. The two-story stucco buildings are divided into four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartments with shared kitchen and living rooms. He was declared dead at 6:06 p.m. Police haven't said how many times he was stabbed, deferring to results of Tuesday's scheduled autopsy.

"There is no risk to students", SSU spokesman Paul Gullixson said Sunday night. Neither of the two was a student at the college, Petaluma police say. He was questioned by detectives after evidence and information were processed and sorted and by mid-morning was taken to jail. Detectives also were seeking search warrants, including for cellphones.

"We don't have a motivation right now", Lt. Lyons said.

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It remains unknown as to whether Bratton and the victim were students enrolled at Sonoma State University.

The university is offering grief counselors to assist students.

Update: Lisa Vollendorf, who is an Incident Public Information Officer and Provost took to Twitter and explained that they are now working on ensuring the safety and security of their residential students and staff. Students who are staying in the impacted communities will receive an update about their stay for the night. "It appears that everybody was acquaintances so I want to assure that the campus community, that there's no further threat to the students here, the faculty here".

On Sunday night, yellow caution tape cordoned off the entrances to the Alicante building, and students living on the second floor were told by police they couldn't leave.

Displaced students were offered lodging at area hotels but all declined, opting to stay with friends and family instead.

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