According to multiple news reports,NASCAR driver Bobby East was fatally stabbed buy a homeless man in Westminster, California, while getting gas at a gas station.
According to police, the 37-year-old, three-time US Auto Club champion was:
“Found on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound to the chest area. Officers attempted life saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injury.
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.
Trent William Millsap, who fled the area prior to police arrival, is suspected of stabbing the victim. Millsap also has an outstanding parole warrant. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Millsap is transient and known to frequent Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anaheim motels.”
East, who was born and raised on Torrance, California, raced USAC, ARCA, and NASCAR in the Trucks Series and Xfinity Series, winning 56 career USAC-sanctioned victories.
East won three USAC national driving titles including the USAC National Midgets title in 2014, as well as back-to-back USAC Silver Crown championships in 2012 and 2013.
“Responded to serve a search/arrest warrant for the suspect” identified as Trent William Millsap, who was in an apartment on the 3300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim.
During the service of the search warrant, an officer involved shooting took place,” the police department said Friday. “No officers were injured; however, a police K-9 sustained a single gunshot wound that was not life threatening.
The Westminster Police Department, along with members of the Orange County District Attorney’s office are currently investigating the shooting.”
Awful… just awful.
The racing industry took to social media to share their memories and condolences:
Our team is incredibly sad to learn today’s news about Bobby East.