Police: Gunman in UCLA murder-suicide had planned 3 killings

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Police: UCLA Shooter Had 'Kill List'

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (Reuters) - A former University of California, Los Angeles, student shot dead a woman at her home in Minnesota before he drove almost 2,000 miles (3,200 km) to the school and killed one professor but failed to find a third intended victim, police said on Thursday.

Mainak Sarkar, 38, had intended to kill a second professor in addition to engineering professor William Klug, 39, at a small office on the campus, police said. He shot himself dead after the killing, police said. The shootings prompted a two-hour long lockdown on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Thursday that a search of Sarkar's St. Paul, Minnesota, home turned up a "kill list" that included the name of the woman found dead nearby, as well as the name of the other UCLA professor, who was not harmed.

"We believe that Sarkar came to the Los Angeles area very recently, within the last couple of days," Beck told reporters at Los Angeles police headquarters. "He went there to kill two faculty from UCLA. He was only able to find one."

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The other professor was off campus at the time, Beck said.

Sarkar was armed with two 9 mm pistols and multiple ammunition clips, Beck said. He killed himself immediately after fatally shooting Klug, he said.

Police searched Sarkar's Minnesota home after finding a note at the Los Angeles crime scene asking for someone to check on his cat, Beck said.

"In the search of Sarkar's residence in Minneapolis, a list was located," Beck said. "The list has been described as a 'kill list.' That was the wording that was put on it."

The attack appeared to be provoked by Sarkar's belief that Klug had stolen computer code from him, according to a March blog post that appeared to be written by Sarkar.

"Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm," the post said. "Be careful about whom you trust."

Reuters was not able to confirm the authenticity of the blog.

"UCLA says there is no truth to this," Beck said of the alleged theft of code. "This was a making of his own imagination."

The anger reflected in the March blog contrasted with earlier online records indicating Sarkar had gotten along with Klug. In a copy of his 2013 dissertation posted online, Sarkar thanked Klug.

"I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. William Klug, for all his help and support," Sarkar wrote.

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Victim identified as William Klug, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA. 

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Teachers and students wait to be escorted inside the engineering IV building to collect belongings at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
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Students walk past the engineering building as they leave campus after police officers conducted a search at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Police officers conduct a search on people at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Police officers conduct a search on people at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
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Teachers and students wait to be escorted inside the engineering IV building to collect belongings at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Police officers conduct a search on people at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
People shelter in place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
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A police officer directs a person before searching him at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
A police officer directs a person before searching him at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter that left 2 people dead in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police gather to begin search and to secure areas on the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police gather to begin search buildings on the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: APD Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks to the press after two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police gather to begin search buildings on the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police escort students after they determined there was no more threat on the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01, 2016 - Gabriela Romero, a third year student is emotional as she calls her Mother telling her not to worry after students fill campus after Police secured the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: A tearful UCLA student joins hundreds of other students as they leave the UCLA campus after the lockdown was called off at UCLA on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: SWAT Officers Eddie Roca, right, and P.J. Rudolf rest at the end of a shooting on the UCLA campus where two people were shot and killed at UCLA on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: A UCLA student walks under a police tape after lockdown of the UCLA campus was called off with two people shot and killed on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photos by Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: Hundreds of UCLA students leave the UCLA campus after the lockdown was called off after two people were shot at UCLA on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photos by Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01, 2016 - Police gather to begin search and to secure several buildings on the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: A police officer questions a man before letting him leave the UCLA campus during an active crime scene where two people were shot and killed at UCLA on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photos by Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: Police officers run towards the UCLA campus during an active crime scene where two people were shot and killed at UCLA on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photos by Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01, 2016 - Police hurry to search and secure several buildings on the UCLA campus as two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Police Department officers patrol the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after a shooting, June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
People talk on the phone at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after a shooting on the facility, June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A Los Angeles policeman and Sheriff deputies work at the scene of a fatal shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Sheriff deputies work at the scene of a fatal shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Security officers patrol the area on June 1, 2016 at the University of California's Los Angeles campus on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A Los Angeles Police Department rescue van is seen on June 1, 2016 at the University of California's Los Angeles campus on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officer is seen on June 1, 2016 at the University of California's Los Angeles campus on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Los Angeles Police Department is seen on June 1, 2016 at the University of California's Los Angeles campus on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A Los Angeles Metro Police squad conducts a search on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter on the campus in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at the UCLA campus, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at the UCLA campus, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at the UCLA campus, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at the UCLA campus, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Police Department officers and other security search the area on June 1, 2016 at the University of California's Los Angeles campus on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday following a shooting at the University of California's Los Angeles campus, police said. 'We have confirmation of two people killed for now,' police spokeswoman Jenny Houser told AFP, adding that the identity of the victims was unclear. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: An escape ladder hangs down Kerckoff hall at the UCLA campus on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
OS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at UCLA campus, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
OS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Police officers respond to reports of a shooting at UCLA campus, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university. Two people were shot, UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg confirmed. Their identities and conditions were unknown. (Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Police officers search corridors and rooms after the report of an active shooter on a UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 1, 2016 in a still image from a CCTV camera. Kara Leung/UCLA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
A student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) peers around the corner of a hallway in the School of Education building after the campus was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Police officers search corridors and rooms after the report of an active shooter on a UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 1, 2016 in a still image from a CCTV camera. Kara Leung/UCLA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Beck said UCLA faculty members were aware that Sarkar, who graduated in 2013, harbored anger toward them.

"There was some harsh language but certainly nothing that would be considered homicidal," Beck said, referring to social media postings by Sarkar. His motive for killing the woman was unclear, Beck said.

University officials did not respond on Thursday to requests for comment on Sarkar's claims.

Prior to his time at UCLA, from 2003 to 2005 Sarkar attended Stanford University, where he received a master's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, university spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said.

Police in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, north of Minneapolis, said they discovered the woman's body when they went to check on her. They did not immediately disclose her identity.

Klug was a married father of two children, UCLA said in a statement.

"It was really a pleasure to work with him, from a scientific point of view for his original ideas, but also from the personal point of view," Wouter Roos, a professor at the University of Gronigen in The Netherlands who co-authored several research papers with Klug, said in an email. "He had such a positive attitude."

Reports of shots fired, or even sightings of possible gunmen, have sparked heavy police responses and lockdowns at U.S. schools and other places because of the nation's history of mass shootings.

Last October nine people were shot and killed at Umpqua Community College in southwest Oregon. The 2007 attack at Virginia Tech, in which a gunman killed 32 people, was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Classes resumed at UCLA on Thursday, with the university offering counselors for students, faculty and staff.

UCLA, part of the University of California system, has more than 43,000 students

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Additional reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Amy Tennery in New York; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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