UCLA Gunman Had 'Kill List' and Fatally Shot Wife in Minnesota Before Driving West: Cops
The man who fatally shot a UCLA professor has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, a former doctoral student who drove from Minnesota to California with two semiautomatic handguns, police said Thursday.
Sarkar, 38, killed himself after shooting professor William Klug, 39, inside a small office in an engineering building on campus, police said.
Sarkar, who lived in Minnesota, kept a "kill list" in his home, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said. There were three names, including that of Ashley Hasti, 31, who married Sarkar in 2011, CBS affiliate WCCO-TV reported. She was found shot to death in her father's Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, home early Thursday, authorities said.
It's not clear if the two had been divorced. Sarkar, police said, had been living in an apartment in nearby St. Paul.
The University of Minnesota medical student is believed to have been killed by Sarkar before Wednesday's UCLA shooting, the Brooklyn Park Police Department said Thursday.
After being contacted by the LAPD, the local officers went to the woman's house just after midnight and found her body inside, authorities said.
Also on the list was Klug and a second professor, Beck said. The other instructor, who was not named, was unharmed.
Sarkar may have intended to kill both men, but the other teacher was off campus, Beck said.
Sarkar had targeted Klug on social media and accused him of stealing "intellectual property," according to Beck.
The gunman had "issues" with both professors, the chief said, and they were aware of Sarkar's criticism. But "there were no death threats" and nothing posted online that could be "considered homicidal."
Klug was described by friends and colleagues as a caring and attentive professor who went the extra mile in helping Sarkar finish his dissertation and graduate in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Klug was Sarkar's adviser.
The sprawling Los Angeles campus was placed on lockdown Wednesday as police scoured buildings and classrooms, responding to 911 calls of shots fired.
Sarkar carried both weapons and multiple rounds of ammunition in a backpack as he entered the college grounds, police said. The weapons were legally purchased in Minnesota, according to authorities.