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UCLA shooting: Police ID gunman

The suspect in the shooting of a UCLA professor has been named as PhD candidate Mainak Sarkar. The victim was Professor William Klug. He was a teacher in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, according to his official bio on the school’s website.

Sarkar was first named in a report by CBS News. He was a native of Minneapolis and had a PhD in solid mechanics from UCLA.

The shooting prompted a two-hour lockdown at the school with LAPD Charlie Beck telling the media when it was over, “The campus is entirely contained. We believe there are no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus.” William Scott Klug was 39 years old.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Sarkar Came to UCLA Clad in All-Black & Armed With a Pistol

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The Daily Bruin reports that Sarkar has been described as a white male who six feet tall. The newspaper adds that Sarkar was wearing a black jacket and black pants.

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Boelter Hall, where the shots were reportedly fired. (

In his press conference immediately after the shooting, Chief Herren alluded to the incident possibly being a murder/suicide. KNX reporter Rob Archer tweeted that a suicide note was recovered at the scene.

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta tweeted that Sarkar was “despondent” over his grades, which prompted the shooting.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Klug was killed inside of an office in the engineering complex.

CBS News reports that Sarkar has no previous criminal history and used a 9mm to kill Professor Klug and himself.

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A doctoral student killed his professor over bad grades even though other students say William Klug “bent over backwards” to help Mainak Sarkar.

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Read more about Mainak Sarkar in Spanish at

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2. In March 2016, Sarkar Wrote That Professor Klug Was a ‘Sick Person’ in a Blog Post Though in 2014 He Thanked Klug & Called Him a ‘Mentor’

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In a now-deleted blog post on his WordPress site LongDarkTunnelblog, Sarkar wrote about Professor Klug. On March 10, the shooter was scathing in his criticism of Klug saying:

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…

My name is Mainak Sarkar. I was this guy’s PhD student. We had personal differences. He cleverly stole all my code and gave it another student. He made me really sick.

Your enemy is your enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust.

Stay away from this sick guy.

The Los Angeles Times reports that in 2014 in a doctoral commencement booklet, Klug was listed as Sarkar’s advisor, the shooter wrote to Klug, “Thank you for being my mentor.”

You can view a cache of the original posting here.

The only other visible post on the blog shows a photo of comedian Bill Maher with the caption, “Bill Maher still looks so cool……”

A source at UCLA told the Los Angeles Times that Sarkar’s claims were “absolutely untrue.” The source added, “The idea that somebody took his ideas is absolutely psychotic” and that Klug “bent over backwards” to help Sarkar finish his dissertation.

3. Sarkar Was a Member of the Klug Research Group

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Klug had his own research group at the school. On their website, the Klug Research Group says:

We are primarily interested in theoretical and computational biomechanics. In particular, we are developing continuum and multiscale methods to understand the mechanics of biological structures from the molecular and cellular scales upward. Some of our projects are listed below.

There are six doctoral students involved in the research group, including Mainak Sarkar. On that page, Sarkar is said to have been studying at UCLA since 2006.

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According to his LinkedIn page, Sarkar got his master’s degree at Stanford and also studied aerospace engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. After that, he apparently returned to the U.S. to work as a research assistant at the University of Texas in 2003 before working as a software developer.

Sarkar also worked for a rubber company named Endurica as an engineering analyst. The Los Angeles Times reports that he left that job in August 2014 that was according to the company’s president William Mars.

He wrote a glowing tribute to Sarkar on LinkedIn saying:

Mainak is a steady contributor with solid technical skills in FEA and software development. I appreciate the quality of his work, and his careful approach to new problems. He has worked for Endurica in an off-site situation requiring great trust and independence, and he has performed well under those conditions.

Sarkar represented Endurica at a conference in Cleveland in October 2013.

Another of those who provided an endorsement on LinkedIn, Matthew Uy, told the Los Angeles Times that he hadn’t seen Sarkar in years and the Uy felt “pretty disconnected” from the shooter.

In 2010, Mainak was a teaching assistant in an aerospace engineering course at UCLA under Melissa Gibbons.

Klug’s friend Lance Giroux told CBS Los Angeles that, “Kids loved working with him because he was such an easy coach to work with.”

A professor of integrative biology and physiology, Alan Garfinkel, told the Los Angeles Times, “I am absolutely devastated. You cannot ask for a nicer, gentler, sweeter and more supportive guy than William Klug.”

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4. Klug Leaves Behind a Wife & 2 Children

William Klug Family Facebook page

(Google Plus)

In a feature for Westmont College’s magazine, Klug spoke about his faith and his career saying:

Knowing there is a God responsible for the world makes a big difference in my motivation to understand it better. I developed a habit of relying on God for what I felt was beyond my ability to control or what I couldn’t do for myself.

Klug’s wife, Mary Elise Richter Klug, is also an engineer, she graduated from Westmont in 1997. She then worked in consulting for aeronautical engineering firms. Klug’s wife got her master’s at UCLA too to which he quipped, “I followed her there.” The couple married in December 1999.

A separate feature on Klug’s wife says that she is an “accomplished, award-winning ceramics artist.” She is a native of Cerritos, California.

The couple lived in El Segundo with their two kids where Klug coached his son’s little league team, reports CBS Los Angeles. Giroux told the network, “To have your son grow up without a dad is rough. So I’m hoping the community here can kind of rally around that.” His son is in the fourth grade, reports ABC Los Angeles.

One photo on Klug’s Google Plus page shows him with a child at a UCLA game. His YouTube channel shows a playlist of hockey, baseball and gameshow clips.

William Klug Go Fund Me page

(Go Fund Me)

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Klug’s family. It was created by the El Segundo Community. The message reads:

The El Segundo Community would like to ask for your support for the family of Bill Klug, a UCLA Engineering Professor who was killed on June 1st by a student upset about his grades.

Bill was a loving father, great coach, and a valued member of this close-knit California town.

His family was the most important thing to him and our goal is to make sure they are taken care of now and in the future.

The money will be used for supporting the family and college for his son and daughter.

Bill meant a lot to this town, and so much more to his beautiful family. To have his life taken in this senseless and violent way is incomprehensible. Please give whatever you can to support his family and the legacy he leaves both in his community and at UCLA.

5. Conservative Commentator Dana Loesch Has Said the Shooting Is an Example of Why Gun Control Doesn’t Work

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In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, conservative commentator Dana Loesch sparked a Twitter war by saying, “UCLA is a gun-free premises in a gun free zone in a state with universal background checks. How did this happen, gun control lobby?”

According to Armed Campus, “The overwhelming majority of the 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States prohibit the carrying of firearms on their campuses.” The website says that the only states that allow firearms on college campuses are Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Texas and Wisconsin.”

LA Times reporter Patrick McGreevy tweeted a few hours after the shooting, “Fatal UCLA shooting invoked hours later during debate in state Assembly on package of gun control bills.”

The shooting at UCLA happened the day before National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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