‘Struggling’ PhD student Mainak Sakar went off the deep end and decided to shoot a professor, who used to be his friend, over ‘stolen’ coding. The university has already come out debunking this claim. Check out how the events unfolded. It is quite shocking!
The gunman who shot and killed a UCLA professor Wednesday has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, a former doctoral student who had accused the victim of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else, according to Los Angeles police.
Sarkar, 38, took his own life after killing William Klug, 39, in a small office in UCLA Engineering Building 4, sources confirmed.
Sarkar, a resident of Minnesota, had killed a woman in a small town in that state and investigators had found a “kill list” in Sarkar’s residence, LAPD Chief Charlie Becksaid during an interview on KTLA. A second UCLA professor was on that list. His identity has not been released.
“There is no good reason for this,” Beck said.
Klug was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and had been the target of Sarkar’s anger on social media for months. On March 10, Sarkar called the professor a “very sick person” who should not be trusted.
“William Klug, UCLA professor is not the kind of person when you think of a professor. He is a very sick person. I urge every new student coming to UCLA to stay away from this guy,” Sarkar wrote. “He made me really sick. Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust.”
A source called the gunman’s accusations “absolutely untrue.”
“The idea that somebody took his ideas is absolutely psychotic,” the university source said.
Beck said that Sarkar had written two notes, one of which had a list of names that included Klug, the dead woman, and another UCLA professor. Sarkar had driven from Minnesota to Los Angeles, and investigators were still searching for the vehicle, which Beck described as a gray Nissan Sentra with Minnesota license plates 720KTW. Beck said police don’t expect it to be “any significant danger” but asks anyone who sees it to call police.
Beck said the second professor named on the kill list has been contacted and “is fine,” but won’t reveal that person’s name. Only said that professor also taught Sarkar when he was at UCLA.
Klug, who was described by friends as a kind and caring man, bent over backward to help Sarkar finish his dissertation and graduate even though the quality of his work was not stellar, the source added.
“Bill was extremely generous to this student, who was a subpar student,” the source said. “He helped him out and interceded for him academically.”
In his doctoral dissertation, submitted in 2013, Sarkar expressed gratitude to Klug for his help and support.