Former NASCAR driver Bobby East was stabbed to death at a California gas station earlier this week.

37-year-old East was stabbed while pumping gas in a gas station in Westminster, outside Anaheim, on Wednesday. Officers attempted life-saving measures until paramedics transported East to a local trauma center, where he died.

“The victim was found on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound to the chest area,” authorities said in a statement.

Police identified Trent William Millsap as the suspect, describing him as a “known” transient in California who frequently stays near motels in Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anaheim. No arrest has been made as the suspect remains at large.

East competed in 11 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series from 2005-07 and in 31 races on NASCAR’s truck series from 2005-08.

More details of this tragic incident from the “Deadline” report:

A confrontation with a drifter at a Westminster, Calif. gas station Wednesday resulted in a stabbing that claimed the life of top NASCAR driver Bobby East.

Westminster is normally a very safe community bordered by the city of Seal Beach on the west, Garden Grove on the north and east, and by Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley on the south.

Police have arrested Trent William Millsap, 27, and charged him with the crime. Millsap allegedly stabbed East in the chest while he was fueling his vehicle. He was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.

“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,” said a police statement.

Millsap was also accused of stabbing another man at the 76 gas station before the East attack.

East, a native of Torrance, California, was a three-time US Auto Club (USAC) champion. He won the SAC Silver Crown championships in 2012 and 2013.

He is the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East.

This is the man police arrested:

According to a TMZ report on Saturday, Millsap was later shot and killed while police were attempting to arrest him.

West County SWAT team members went to an Anaheim apartment complex Friday, seeking suspect Trent William Millsap. Millsap allegedly “became confrontational,” and was ultimately killed in a shooting with police, the department said, according to a Deadline report.

Sources: WayneDupree, Deadline, TMZ