Police Identify Shooter In UCLA Murder-Suicide As Grad Student

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June 2, 2016 10:13 a.m.

Police on Thursday released the name of the shooter who carried out a murder-suicide Wednesday morning on UCLA’s Westwood campus, local TV station KNBC reported.

The gunman was Mainak Sarkar, an engineering graduate student at the university, according to LAPD Captain Andrew Neiman. Police said Sarkar fatally shot his professor, 39-year-old William Klug, before killing himself in an office at the university’s Engineering IV building.

Sarkar used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to kill Klug, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and married father of two, according to CBS.
Police told the network that Sarkar left a suicide note, but they have not made its contents public yet.

KNBC reported that Sarkar apparently had a strained relationship with Klug and “may have believed the professor had misused” his computer code.

The incident prompted a campus-wide lockdown on Wednesday, as teams from the FBI, ATF and LAPD swept the premises looking for any additional shooters or victims.

Classes were expected to resume Thursday at UCLA ahead of final exams next week, but would be postponed until Monday for the engineering department as they grapple with the loss of Sarkar and Klug, according to the Associated Press.

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