Meet Mainak Sarkar: the UCLA Shooting Who Killed a Father

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The suspect in the shooting of a UCLA professor has been named as PhD candidate Mainak Sarkar. The victim was Professor William Klug, 39, a teacher in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Sarkar was first identified 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.”

Things to Know About the UCLA Shooting:

  1. Sarkar came to UCLA with a pistol, and was clad in all black gear. It was reported that Sarkar was upset over his current grades, which caused his rampage shooting. He was shot down and killed by police in the office of engineering complex. Sarkar has no reported criminal history.Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 10.56.37 AM

  2. Sarkar had a blog (now deleted), where he wrote about how Professor Klug was a “sick person.” A source UCLA claims his post was false about Klug, saying he “bent over backwards” to help Sarkar finish his dissertation.Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 10.47.40 AM

  3. Sarkar was a member of the Klug Research Group at UCLA. Students of the group say Klug was a great professor and helpful individual, and are confused by Sarkar’s claims. Here is a description of the group from their website:Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 10.51.34 AM

  4. Klug had a wife, Mary Elise Klug, and two children. They have started a GoFundMe following Klug’s murderScreen Shot 2016-06-02 at 10.54.29 AM

  5. UCLA is a gun-free campus in a state with universal background checks and hardline gun control laws. Conservative commentator Dana Loesch has pointed out this shooting is a prime example on why gun control does not work or have any significant effect.


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