WASHINGTON: A gunman who killed himself after fatally shooting a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur.
Los Angeles police suspect 38-year-old Sarkar also killed a woman in Minnesota state, where he lived. Her name was on a “kill list” found at Sarkar’s residence.
Sarkar killed professor William Klug, 39, on Wednesday, accusing him of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else, according to Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck.
Beck told a TV news network on Thursday that Klug, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, figured on Sarkar’s “kill list” with another professor and the woman.
The “kill list” left by Sarkar at his Minnesota home led authorities to the woman’s body. Sarkar drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two guns and killed Klug before killing himself, Beck said.
The shooting prompted a complete lockdown of the campus and the deployment of hundreds of police officers and federal agents.
The second professor is reported to be safe but no details were offered by the police about the dead woman — her identity, her nationality or when she was killed and where.
The police also gave no other information about Sarkar. According to his LinkedIn page, first reported by Los Angeles Times, he went to IITKharagpur and briefly worked at Infosys.
Klug had helped Sarkar with his dissertation, which he completed in 2013. In the 2014 commencement doctoral booklet, Sarkar thanked the professor for “being my mentor”.
But in his recent social media postings, cited by LA Times, Sarkar seemed extremely angry with Klug who, he said, was a “very sick person” and should not be trusted.
“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 on March 10.
He added: “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.”