The gunman who fatally shot the University of California-Los Angeles professor, William Klug, on Thursday, has been identified as 38-year old Mainak Sarkar.
Sarkar, who is originally from Kolkata, completed his engineering in aerospace from IIT Kharagpur in 2000. His online profile suggests that he worked for Infosys in Bengaluru between 2000 and 2001.
Sarkar moved to USA in 2001. He completed his Master’s degree from Stanford University and then worked as a research assistant at University of Texas. He also briefly worked as a software developer before moving on to enroll at UCLA.
Sarkar mentioned Klug’s name as a ‘mentor’ in his doctoral dissertation which he submitted in 2013. Recently he wrote a blog on social media accusing Klug of stealing his codes and passing it on to other students.
“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,” he wrote.
Mainak Sarkar killed a woman in Minnesota before carrying two semi-automatic pistols and a grudge back to Los Angeles, where he fatally shot the young professor.
Authorities did not publicly identify the unharmed professor or the woman. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that the woman on the list was Ashley Hasti, who documents show married the gunman in 2011.
The investigation unfolded rapidly based on a note Sarkar left in the office where he killed professor William Klug. It mentioned the second professor, who also belonged to UCLA’s engineering faculty, and asked anyone who read it to check on Sarkar’s cat in St. Paul, Minnesota.
At Sarkar’s apartment, authorities found his list of three planned targets. Authorities checked the residence of the woman in the nearby town of Brooklyn Park and found her body.
The law enforcement official said Hasti was the name of the woman on Sarkar’s list. Beck said the woman named on the list was the victim; and a neighbor told AP that Hasti lived in the home with her father. (With AP inputs)
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