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UCLA Shooter Also Reportedly Killed Woman In Minnesota

| by Zara Zhi
Mainak Sarkar with Ashley HastiMainak Sarkar with Ashley Hasti

William Klug, a 39-year-old mechanical engineering professor, was reportedly not the only person that UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar, 38, killed. Police have tracked down another dead person on June 2 that authorities said they believe Sarkar murdered. Medical student Ashley Hasti -- believed to have been a friend of Sarkar's -- was found deceased from a gunshot wound in a Minnesota apartment.

Police reportedly discovered Hasti’s body after finding a note on Sarkar’s body to "check on his cat" at the gunman’s St. Paul, Minnesota, apartment. At Sarkar’s house, they found his "kill list." Both Krug and Hasti were reportedly on the list, but authorities have not yet released any other names. They did note, however, that another UCLA professor was on the list; that professor was not harmed.

Sarkar is originally from India and studied at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, NDTV reported. He then graduated with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UCLA in 2013 under the tutelage of Klug, whom he later claimed stole his code.

According to Sarkar’s WordPress blog, “William Klug, UCLA professor, is not the kind of person when you think of a professor.”

“He is a very sick person," Sarkar continued in the blog post, which was published in March. "I urge every new student coming to UCLA to stay away from this guy.

“I was this guy’s PhD student," he wrote, according to the New York Post. "We had personal differences. He cleverly stole all my code and gave it to another student.

“He made me really sick," Sarkar added. "Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful whom you trust."

A source told the Los Angeles Times that Sarkar’s allegations are "absolutely untrue." 

"The idea that somebody took his ideas is absolutely psychotic," the source added, according to the New York Post.

Sarkar reportedly drove his 2003 Nissan Sentra from Minnesota to Los Angeles, entered the UCLA campus on June 1, and killed Klug before then killing himself.

"He was heavily armed," LAPD chief Charlie Beck said of Sarkar.

"Two semiautomatic pistols, one for the homicide and the other in his backpack. He had multiple magazines of ammunition and multiple loose rounds of ammunition. He was certainly prepared to engage multiple victims with the ordinance he had at his disposal."

Sources: New York Post, NDTV, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Facebook via New York Post

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