Two men were shot and killed in a murder-suicide at UCLA Wednesday, prompting a lockdown and significant response from local and federal law enforcement, according to the LAPD and UCLA police.
Police investigating possible shooter at UCLA's Boelter Hall. Observe campus wide lockdown.
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According to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, the shooter was among the dead.
The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m. local time as 38-year-old Mainak Sarkar was found inside a small office in the campus’ engineering complex, according to Beck.
“The important thing to people to take away from this is the campus is now safe,” Beck told reporters during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
The shooter shot William Klug, according to the LAPD, an former professor of Sarkar and an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Klug was accused by Sarkar of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else.
The lockdown was lifted Wednesday afternoon, and classes resumed at UCLA except in the engineering building on Thursday.
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Sarkar lived in Minnesota and was accused of killing a woman believed to be his wife Ashley Hasti in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park.
At UCLA, the shooter left a note leading police to a home in St. Paul, Minn. A “kill list” bearing the Brooklyn Park victim’s name, Klug’s, and another UCLA professor’s was discovered, according to Beck.