Murrieta police are warning local residents to stay indoors as they hunt down the trail of a suspected killer.
According to Sgt. Phil Gomez of the Murrieta Police Department, the search is on Tuesday morning for 19-year-old William Gary Simpson, a black male “knife suspect” wanted in connection with a stabbing death this morning.
A female victim was found at 40035 Milkwood Lane in Murrieta, the sergeant said. According to reports, the victim was heard screaming out for help at approximately 3:55 a.m. today. Her identity has not been released by police. She was pronounced dead at 4:11 a.m.
Simpson is also wanted in connection with two other stabbings that occurred inside the residence this morning. Both victims survived the attack and were transported to a local hospital where they underwent surgery, Gomez said. Their conditions at this time were unknown.
Two other people were inside the home at the time of the attack, Gomez said.
The sergeant said police are focusing their search for Simpson in a area near Via Reata and Via Silva.
The suspect is described as being 6-feet tall and weighing 120 pounds. No clothing description was available at press time.
“People need to stay indoors right now,” Gomez warned.
A police helicopter is being used overhead, and bloodhounds have been called in to follow blood spatters, according to radio reports.
Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the Murrieta Police Department at (951) 696-3615.