Los Angeles police on Thursday identified the gunman who killed a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, before taking his own life as Mainak Sarkar, an engineering student at the school.
Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jane Kim confirmed that the gunman had been identified as Sarkar but declined to provide other details. Sarkar had been a doctoral candidate at the school, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing police.
The shooting prompted the sprawling urban campus to close for about two hours on Wednesday as police confirmed that Sarkar and his victim, 39-year-old engineering professor William Klug, were the only people involved in the incident.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office confirmed that Klug died in the attack. University officials said classes would resume on Thursday and counselors will be available for students, faculty and staff. “Our hearts are heavy this evening as our campus family mourns the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on our campus earlier today,” said Chancellor Gene Block in a statement.
Klug was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, according to the university’s website. The Times reported that Klug was attempting to develop a computer-generated virtual heart. “You cannot ask for a nicer, gentler, sweeter and more supportive guy than William Klug,” professor Alan Garfinkel told the newspaper of his colleague.
Engineering student Aaron Feigelman said he received a text message alerting him to the emergency on Wednesday an d entered an adjacent building, where he and five others took refuge for 90 minutes.”We tied the bathroom door hinges with belts to keep the door closed because there were no locks. And we just waited. It was really scary,” Feigelman said.
Some 200 police officers wearing bulletproof vests and helmets responded to several calls of shot fired, converging on the campus with rifles drawn, fearing the shooter might still be at large. Police recovered a gun and what may be a suicide note at the scene, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.
UCLA, with more than 43,000 students, is one of the more well-regarded schools in the University of California system. “I am heartbroken by the sight of SWAT teams running down avenues normally filled with students, and angered by the fear that one person with a firearm can inflict on a community,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
What we know about the ex-IIT Kharagpur alumni
The gunman of the shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles was on Thursday identified as an Indian doctoral student Mainak Sarkar.
Sarkar, an engineering student in the University, shot and killed a 39-year-old engineering professor William Klug on Wednesday in the university premises causing a lockdown. He had expressed an intense dislike for the professor on his blog calling him a “sick person” and asked the students to “stay away” from the professor.”
Here’s what we know about the UCLA shooter Sarkar:
- Mainak Sarkar finished his BTech in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur in the year 2000. He later worked as a software developer in Infosys for a year.
- Sarkar then went to the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002 and worked as a Research Assistant there. After his stint in Arlington, he started working as a Software Developer in Lucid Technologies LLC.
- Mainak then joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering where he met the engineering professor William Klug.
- The engineering professor had been the target of Sarkar’s ire for quite some time on social media. He once wrote:
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. 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
5. Reports state that a ‘kill list’ was found at his home in Los Angeles where a woman’s name was mentioned too. The woman was later found dead in Minnesota.