ADDS DETAILS FROM POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE
NEW YORK (AA) - Police on Thursday identified the shooter in a murder-suicide on the campus of University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) as former doctoral student Mainak Sarkar.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Sarkar, 38, had accused the victim of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else.
In a press conference Thursday, Police Chief Charlie Beck identified the victim in the shooting Wednesday as William S. Klug, 39, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the father of two children.
Beck also revealed details on a long trail the shooter appears to have left that allowed authorities to track his steps to another victim in Minnesota, close to where he lived.
Sarkar left two notes, one on the UCLA campus and another at his residence in Minnesota that had the words “kill list” on it, Beck said.
The first note included instructions to “check on [Sarkar’s] cat”, Beck said, which the police did.
When they arrived at his Minnesota house, police recovered a “kill list” with three names on it, including that of Klug, another professor and a woman in a neighboring town.
The woman was found fatally shot in her home earlier Thursday. Beck said initial findings of the ongoing investigation suggested that the homicide took place “within a couple of days.” The other professor, which Beck did not name, was unharmed.
The police chief told reporters he talked to the professor, who was off campus at the time of the shooting, to ensure the individual’s safety and inform the person of the threat.
Sarkar, who graduated in 2013, had “issues” with Klug and others, the professor told Beck, adding that that the issue was related to a disagreement about property rights.
Sarkar’s claims were “nothing factual”, according to Beck who cited a UCLA statement that said the allegations were “untrue.”
Beck said there were no outstanding suspects and Sarkar appeared to have acted alone.
The Los Angeles Times newspaper quoted Klug’s colleagues who praised him as a brilliant academic and a kind person. Alan Garfinkel, a professor of integrative biology at the school, said he was “absolutely devastated.
“You cannot ask for a nicer, gentler, sweeter and more supportive guy than William Klug,” Garfinkel said.
The paper reported that Sarkar took to social media March 10 to write a post critical of Klug, describing him as a "very sick person.
"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,” Sarkar wrote. “He made me really sick. Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust.”
The post has not been officially linked to Sarkar.
UCLA is home to nearly 30,000 undergraduate students.