UCLA gunman is Indo-American PhD student

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A disgruntled Ph.D. student Mainak Sarkar shot and killed a woman in Minnesota before murdering his professor at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday. Mainak Sarkar, was an alumni of the IIT-Kharagpur.

In 2000, he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also had a stint as a research assistant at the University of Texas and worked as a software developer.

After UCLA, Mainak Sarkar worked remotely as an engineering analyst for an Ohio-based rubber company, Endurica LLC where he worked until August 2014.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday that a woman on a “kill list” written by Mainak Sarkar was found dead from gunshot wounds in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. A neighbor at the residence where the woman’s body was found identified her as Ashley Hasti, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The nature of the relationship between Hasti and Sarkar is not clear.

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Sarkar shot and killed 39-year-old Prof. William S. Klug inside an engineering building office before turning the gun on himself. Beck told reporters that a second professor’s name was on Sarkar’s list and that the doctoral student likely sought to kill him but couldn’t find him.

The initial news of the shooting spread across the nation within minutes. All three cable television networks interrupted programming to cover the scene unfolding at UCLA and President Obama wa simmediately briefed on the situation while he was en route to Indiana on Air Force One. – CINEWS

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