Shoreline Community College professor Troy Wolff died after he and the woman he was walking with were stabbed in a random attack in Pioneer Square Friday night.
The 30-year-old woman remains hospitalized.
Police say at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, the victims were walking in the 300 block of South Jackson Street when the woman was suddenly confronted by the suspect, who produced a small knife and began stabbing the woman repeatedly in the torso.
When Wolff attempted to intervene the suspect turned on him and began stabbing him repeatedly in the neck and torso.
Officers from the SWAT and gang units arrived on the scene first and found the suspect standing near the victims, still holding the knife.
The suspect dropped the knife and was taken into custody.
Police say the circumstances surrounding the assaults remain under active investigation but there are indications that the suspect “was operating at a diminished mental capacity.”
Chris Lundgren works at the lighting store in the area where the stabbing happened.
He says the neighborhood simply isn't safe at night
"I wouldn't leave my business at midnight. We close at 6, 5 o'clock on the weekends. That's a good time to get out of here."
Wolff was chair of the English Department at Shoreline.
Like most at Shoreline Community College, Interim President Dr. Daryl Campbell is stunned.
"It's so random and so senseless, that’s one we as a community will wrestle with for a long time," he said.
Campbell said Wolff was an extraordinary teacher with a long waiting list for his classes.
“When he would walk into the classroom the place would light up,” said Campbell.
The college is planning a campus memorial for Wolff.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at 206-233-5000.