SAN DIEGO - Police are searching for whoever stabbed a UC San Diego student on campus Monday.
The incident was reported about 7:15 p.m. in the Center Hall area, near the intersection of Gilman and Myers drives.
According to police, the suspect jumped up behind the victim and stabbed him. A spokesperson for UCSD told 10News the student was cut in the throat area.
The victim waited 30 minutes before reporting the incident, according to police. 10News was told the victim did not know that he had been stabbed and thought he had been punched. He was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
His name has not been released.
"We just think it's a random act," Jeff Gattas, the university's executive director of marketing, media relations and public affairs said.
Gattas said the 45,000 member university community was informed of the incident and ensuing search by email, text, phone and online around 9:15 p.m.
Students were shocked the attack occurred in a busy area.
"I take the bus here Monday through Friday and I never think twice about my safety because it's just what is normal and it's on campus and there's a lot of people around, so it's crazy that it happened," said student Albert Trujillo.
Students admit there are homeless people walking around and living on campus as well as going to and from the VA hospital, but most did not feel threatened until now.
"This is actually one of the safer UC campuses," said student Justin Tang. "The worst you hear about are bike thefts."
Trujillo added, "There's always tons of people here, so I can't believe that someone would get their throat sliced. That's awful."
The attacker was described as a white or Hispanic man in his 50s who is about 5 feet 4 inches tall with a white bushy beard. The man is wearing gray and white camouflage, according to a UCSD Triton Alert email. He is not affiliated with UCSD and appears to be a transient.
Anyone with information is asked to call UCSD Police Department at 858-534-4357.