"This wasn't a random act," Sheriff's Lt. Ken Westermann told reporters on Sunday

By Tara Fowler
April 27, 2015 10:45 AM
Contra Costa Sheriff's Department

An 18-year-old has been arrested in alleged connection with the brutal stabbing of 9-year-old Jordan Almgren in Discovery Bay, California, on Sunday.

Police are still trying to establish a motive in the senseless death, but they did say that the 18-year-old, identified as William Schultz, was a friend of Jordan’s older brother, KCRA reports.

“This wasn’t a random act,” Sheriff’s Lt. Ken Westermann told reporters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “This wasn’t some sort of stranger that came into the home and murdered a child.”

Schultz was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon at a local hospital, where he was seeking treatment for his own injuries, NBC News reports.

Authorities received calls of a stabbing at just after 10 a.m. that morning. When police arrived on the scene, a relative had already driven Jordan to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“This little guy was the most energetic on the team,” Jordan’s Little League coach Mike De Lambert told KCRA. “Great smile. And he was infectious, in a positive way, to everybody that he came in contact with.”

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