Mainak Sarkar, 38, a former doctoral student and Minnesota resident, has killed a UCLA professor, and before committing suicide on campus has left a “kill list” with one more professor name, who is safe and is suspected in the shooting death of a woman in Minnesota. The authorities have declined to name the woman or her relationship to Sarkar but said Sarkar was suspected in her death.
Mainak Sarkar, an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur, shot and killed Professor William Klug in a small office in University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before killing himself. He shot Klug multiple times in a small office in UCLA Engineering Building 4 before taking his own life, authorities have said.
When detectives arrived at Klug’s office and found both bodies, they also found a note from Sarkar listing his home address in Minnesota and asking someone to “check on my cat”. Authorities went to the woman’s home in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb, and found her body just after midnight.
“We have multiple detectives working on this case….We’re working with LAPD to coordinate our efforts”, Bruley said.
Klug, 39, was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Sarkar had accused Klug of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else, according to police. Klug had been the target of Sarkar’s anger on social media for months. On March 10, in a social media post he had called the professor a “very sick person” who could not be trusted.