Woman on UCLA shooter's 'kill list' found dead in Minnesota

Mainak Sarkar, 38, drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two guns and killed Professor Bill Klug before taking his own life.

Published: 02nd June 2016 11:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2016 11:11 PM   |  A+A-

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A person from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner's office removes a body at the scene of a fatal shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles (AP)


LOS ANGELES:The man who carried out a murder-suicide at UCLA left a "kill list" at his Minnesota home that led authorities to find a woman's body, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

Mainak Sarkar, 38, drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two guns and killed Professor Bill Klug before taking his own life Wednesday, Beck said during his monthly appearance on Los Angeles TV station KTLA.

When authorities searched Sarkar's Minnesota home, they found a "kill list" with the names of Klug, anotherUCLA professor and a woman, Beck said.

The woman was found shot dead in her home in a nearby Minnesota town, he said. Beck said he could not release that woman's name. The other professor on the list is OK.

Beck said it appeared mental issues were involved and that Sarkar's dispute with Klug was tied to Sarkar thinking the professor released intellectual property that harmed Sarkar.

Police asked for the public's help to find the car Sarkar drove to Los Angeles, a 2003 Nissan Sentra with the license plate 720KTW.

Sarkar is listed on a UCLA website as a member of a computational biomechanics research group run by Klug, a professor of mechanical engineering.

Classes at the University of California, Los Angeles campus resumed Thursday for most of the school, except for the engineering department, whose students and faculty will return Monday.

Klug was a devoted family man and a superb teacher, said a collaborator, UCLA Professor Alan Garfinkel. The two worked together to build a computer model of the heart, a "50 million variable 'virtual heart' that could be used to test drugs."

"Bill was an absolutely wonderful man, just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet," Garfinkel said.

Initial reports from the scene set off widespread fears of an attempted mass shooting on campus, bringing a response of hundreds of heavily armed officers. Groups of them stormed into buildings that were locked down and cleared hallways as police helicopters hovered overhead.

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