Two males were killed last Wednesday morning during a murder-suicide on the campus of UCLA. Law officials told the Los Angeles Times that professor William Klug was shot and former UCLA student, Mainak Sarkar, then shot himself. Sarkar is also tied to another homicide of a Minnesota woman. Sarkar had a so-called “kill list” of three people, including Klug and the Minnesota woman and another UCLA professor.
A note was found at the scene of the campus shooting, although it was not clear at first if it was connected to the shooting, said the LAPD’s chief spokesman, Capt. Andy Neiman.
Investigators also found two semiautomatic guns on him at the scene of the campus shooting. Both were legally purchased.
Multiple law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and ATF took over the campus in search of a possible gunman and ordered students to remain sheltered in place. The students that did have to move around the campus were told to walk with their hands up as they were searched by officers.
Classes were canceled and nearby middle and elementary schools were on lock down as well.
The shooting happened around 10am at the Boelter Engineering Hall, and by 12pm LAPD Chief Beck said, “The campus is entirely contained. We believe there are no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus.”
A representative from UCLA said that classes would start back up on Thursday. Final exams and commencement will continue as scheduled. “We want to resume normal operations as quickly as possible, so we will resume scheduled classes tomorrow morning. Faculty, staff and students should show up tomorrow and go through their regular routines and complete the quarter as planned.”
Police continued to investigate the campus after the lockdown was lifted, although some areas on the campus remained closed to students.
Mayor Eric Garcetti sent his condolences and sympathy to everyone affected by the tragic accident. “My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by what appears to have been a murder-suicide on the campus of UCLA. This horrific event, at an institution dedicated to learning and mutual understanding, reminds us once again of the fragility of a peaceful society.”
EGL sends condolences to the family of the victim.
Written By: Marshay Rice