Indian American engineer shot dead his wife before killing his former teacher. 38 year old Mainak Sarkar killed his wife Ashley Hasti before embarking on a 3,220-kilometer journey to Los Angeles in his car to shoot his former professor William Klug.
Klug, 39, a father of two who taught mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California Los Angles was shot in a office on campus on Wednesday before Sarkar killed himself
Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck said a note in Sarkar’s backpack — in which he asked that his cat be looked after — led police to his home in Minnesota where a “kill list” was found.
“We believe he went there to kill two faculty of UCLA,” Beck said. “He was only able to locate one. The second member was off campus.”
“He arrived at the UCLA campus heavily armed. He was certainly prepared to engage multiple victims with the ordnance he had at his disposal,” Beck added.
He said Sarkar was convinced Klug had stolen his computer code and given it to someone else, and seemed bent on revenge.
“That appears to be his motive,” Beck said. The university denied this charge.
The Los Angeles Times quotes a source who was close to Klug as saying the professor had gone out of his way to help Sarkar finish his dissertation and to graduate,
In his doctoral dissertation, Sarkar thanked Klug for his help and support but later developed a grudge against his mentor
“William Klug, UCLA professor is not the kind of person when you think of a professor,” “He is a very sick person. I urge every new student coming to UCLA to stay away from this guy…” He wrote in a blog
The murder-suicide prompted a lock down and a massive security deployment at the university, amid fears of a mass shooting.
Sarkar worked as a research assistant at the University of Texas in 2003 and then took on a job as a software developer.
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