Police: UCLA gunman had ‘kill list,’ may have killed Minnesota woman before shooting professor

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Mainak Sarkar photo via Facebook

Mainak Sarkar photo via Facebook

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The man suspected an apparent murder-suicide on UCLA’s campus had a “kill list” that included the professor who was shot to death Wednesday as well as that of a woman found dead in Minnesota, police say.

According to KTLA, Mainak Sarkar, a resident of Minnesota, fatally shot professor William Klug at the university’s Westwood campus before killing himself.

A note at the crime scene led police to search the student’s home in Minnesota, where they found the alleged “kill list” with several names on it, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

"Professor Klug's name was on that list, as was another UCLA professor who was all right,” Beck told the KTLA Morning Show.

A woman whose name also appeared on the list was found dead from a gunshot wound at her Minnesota home.

William Klug

William Klug

According to police, Sarkar, a 2013 UCLA graduate, drove from Minnesota to L.A. armed with two handguns, multiple rounds of ammunition and several magazines tucked away in a backpack.

He went to Klug’s office and shot his former professor, police said. Police were still looking for Sarkar’s vehicle, a 2003 gray Nissan Sentra with a Minnesota license plate.

Beck said the motive for the shooting may have been tied to a “dispute over intellectual property where Sarkar felt that he had information released by the professor that harmed him." KTLA reported that Sarkar thought the professor had stolen his computer code and given it to someone else.

UCLA said Sarkar’s claim was untrue and dismissed it as “the workings of his imagination.”

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