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Los Angeles police on Thursday morning identified the man who opened fire on the UCLA campus on Wednesday, killing a professor before turning the gun on himself.
Mainak Sarkar fatally shot William Scott Klug, a professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, in his office, according to police.
The 38-year-old Sarkar was a former graduate student at the university who graduated in 2013, police said. Klug was married and a father.
An exact motive for the shooting remains unclear. However, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday said the gunman had a “kill list,” which contained three names, including Klug. Another UCLA professor also was listed. That person was unharmed. The third name was an undefined woman who was found dead of a gunshot wound in Minnesota, Beck said.
Authorities were led to the Minnesota crime scene by a note the suspect left behind that said “check my cat,” Beck said.
Sarkar was “heavily armed” on Wednesday and police believe he intended to target both professors, Beck said. “We believe he committed suicide immediately after the homicide,” he added.
A massive police response happened shortly after the shooting, which took place around 10 a.m. on UCLA’s Westwood campus in the Engineering 4 building.
Chief Beck told reporters on Wednesday that “evidence” of a suicide note was found at the scene but he would not specify what the note stated.
The campus was on lockdown for hours after the shooting, with classes canceled for the rest of the day.
Classes resumed Thursday. It is unclear if the Engineering 4 building is accessible.
“The campus remains in a state of sorrow,” UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh said Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.
Monday is the beginning of finals week for UCLA and the school plans to hold finals and commencement as scheduled.
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