Suspect in UCLA murder-suicide identified

Former doctoral student Mainak Sarkar had a "kill list"; linked to second victim in Minnesota.

The gunman who shot and killed a UCLA professor Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, a former doctoral student who had a "personal conflict" with the professor. Sarkar is also linked to the shooting death of another victim in Minnesota.

Police Identify UCLA Shooter in Murder-Suicide as Mainak Sarkar

Sarkar, a resident of Minnesota, used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to kill 39-year-old engineering professor William Scott Klug in a small office in UCLA Engineering Building 4, before turning the gun on himself.

Based on a note found at the crime scene, authorities performed a follow-up investigation at Sarkar's residence in Minnesota, where they found an alleged "kill list" with multiple names on it, including Professor Klug's and another UCLA professor, whose name was not disclosed.

There also appears to be another victim in Minnesota. A woman's name was also on Sarkar's list, prompting investigators to go to her home. The unidentified victim was found shot dead at the residence.

According to authorities, Sarkar drove from Minnesota to the Los Angeles area with two handguns, multiple rounds of ammunition and several magazines in a backpack. Investigators are still looking for the vehicle.

As for a possible motive for the UCLA shooting, police say it was tied to a "dispute over intellectual property where Sarkar felt that he had information released by the professor that harmed him."

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Author: Marcus M. Wise

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