Police Identify Shooter in UCLA Shooting


Time: 4:31 p.m. CEST Update: 5:57 p.m. CEST

Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday published the name of the shooter in the murder-suicide case that lockdown the UCLA campus on Wednesday. LAPD Captain Andrew Neiman identified the gunman as Mainak Sarkar who shot engineering professor dead. Sarkar was an engineering graduate student, and had strained relationship with Professor William Klug, NBC News reports.

Law enforcement sources said to NBC News, Klug may have misused the student’s computer code. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has not released information about the shooter’s identity.

A murder-suicide that happened on Wednesday at UCLA’s campus traumatized the students and temporarily lockdown the university campus. Even though, the authorities haven’t released the shooter’s identity, UCLA’s Student Body President Michael Skiles said that a professor, William S. Klug is the slain individual. Klug was father of two and he died near the university’s engineering building in an apparent murder-suicide. Krug was a coach of his young son’s baseball team.

NPR writes, the Associated Press, quoting a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the murder victim as 39-year-old William Klug, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. On social media, students confirmed his name.

Klug’s friend, Lance Giroux spoke to CNN’s affiliate KCBS, fighting back tears, “To have your son grow up without a dad, it is rough.” According to one of his friends, he was an easy-going little league coach and “an empathetic, brilliant teacher,” as California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom said.

In an email, Chancellor Gene Block expressed condolences for the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on Wednesday. “Our UCLA family has indeed been shaken, but we will rely upon the strong bonds of our community and our faith in one another as we begin the process of healing.”

The Los Angeles Police Department received a call on the shooting at about 10:00 a.m. local time and officials put the campus on the lockdown as authorities investigated. SWAT officers were at the campus as police tried to clear the area. LAPD said it was a case of murder-suicide giving no further details for the tragic incident.

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