UCLA shooting: Sarkar shot wife before going to kill professor

The Indian-American gunman was also planning to target another UCLA professor

Los Angeles: Indian-American Mainak Sarkar had killed his wife in Minnesota before driving over 3,000 km to the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) where he shot dead a professor and then turned the gun on himself. Both the victims were on his “kill list,” officials said.

UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar
UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar

Sarkar had killed his wife Ashley Hasti, who was found dead in Brooklyn Park, in Minnesota, police said on Thursday.

Hasti and Sarkar married on June 14, 2011, Hennepin county Communi-cations Officer Carolyn Marinan said. However, it was unclear if they were still married at the time of their deaths. Police who searched Sarkar’s Minnesota home found a note with an ominous title “Kill list.” It had the names of three people including Klug and Hasti, according Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck.

Hasti had a gunshot wound and was apparently been killed before the UCLA shooting, Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley said. Sarkar had apparently driven 3,220 km from Minnesota to Los Angeles in his car to shoot Klug.

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Sarkar was also going to target another UCLA professor. “We believe that he went to kill two faculty from UCLA,” Beck said. “He was only able to locate one.” The second professor, whom Beck did not name, was not on campus at the time of the shooting.

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