Investigators find car believed to belong to UCLA gunman

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LOS ANGELES, June 3 (Reuters) - A car found near Los Angeles on Friday belonged to a former graduate student who shot dead his estranged wife at her Minnesota home before driving halfway across the country and killing a professor and himself at the University of California, Los Angeles, a police spokeswoman said.

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Mainak Sarkar's 2003 gray Nissan Sentra was found in Culver City, a suburb just outside Los Angeles, and a bomb squad has been sent to examine the vehicle, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado.

The car was found blocks from an apartment where Sarkar once lived.

Police do not know yet how Sarkar traveled to UCLA after he left his car in Culver City, about 6 miles (10 km) away from UCLA, said Los Angeles police spokesman Drake Madison.

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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.

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
Police officers conduct 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
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FBI officers are seen at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) after a shooting on the campus, 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 police officer stands inside the engineering IV building 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
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 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
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
Police officers escort people after 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
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
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 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
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
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
A Los Angeles Metro Police officer stands watch on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Investigators have been looking for the car since Wednesday, when Sarkar shot to death 39-year-old engineering professor William Klug at UCLA.

The shooting drew a massive response of heavily armed police and sparked a two-hour lockdown of UCLA's sprawling urban campus. Students said they hid in classrooms behind doors, some of which did not lock.

Sarkar had intended to also kill a second professor at UCLA, police said. The native of India was convinced that Klug had stolen software he had developed, according to police, who called Sarkar's claim unfounded.

Earlier, Sarkar had killed his estranged wife Ashley Hasti, at her home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, police said. Hasti's sister, Alex Hasti, described her in a statement on Facebook as a 31-year-old medical school student with a love of acting and stand-up comedy.

So far no motive has emerged to explain why he killed Hasti in the home they had shared in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, some 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from Los Angeles.

Hasti was found dead early on Thursday morning of multiple gunshot wounds, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement on Friday.

"Because this was an unwitnessed death, a more accurate date and time of death cannot be determined," the statement said.

Sarkar is believed to have forced his way into Hasti's home through a window, which was found broken, Brooklyn Park police said in a statement.

Police only decided to check on Hasti after finding a note at the Los Angeles crime scene written by Sarkar, 38, asking authorities to check on his cat at his home in St. Paul.

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The bizarre hint led to the discovery of a "kill list" that included Klug, Hasti and the second professor, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Thursday.

Alex Hasti on her Facebook post offered no indication of what might have provoked Sarkar.

"My sister, Ashley Hasti, was the smartest, coolest, and funniest person I knew. She could do anything she dreamed of," the sister said. "Unfortunately, she won't get to see that last dream come true as her life was cut short much too soon by her estranged husband ... I'm still in a state of shock right now."

Sarkar was armed with twin 9mm semiautomatic handguns and multiple extra clips of ammunition, authorities said.

The two guns were legally bought in Minnesota, according to Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. She declined to say who bought the weapons.

Wednesday's attack was the latest in a long string of deadly shootings at U.S. schools, including an October attack at an Oregon community college that killed nine and a 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, in which a gunman killed 32 people, was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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Ashley Hasti married Sarkar in 2011, according to a copy of a marriage license obtained by Reuters. An active Facebook page belonging to Hasti shows pictures of Sarkar, none more recent than May 2011.

A page apparently belonging to Sarkar, with no public posts since 2011, prominently displayed several photos of them together.

SEE ALSO: UCLA shooting suspect's wife found shot to death in Minnesota after discovery of alleged 'kill list'

Sarkar came from India's eastern state of West Bengal, where he graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur in 2000 after studying aerospace engineering, according to an ex-classmate and the university's alumni list.

Staff at his secondary school in the industrial town of Durgapur remembered him as an able student who passed his exams with good results.

"My initial reaction was one of shock and disbelief," said Gautam Biswas, who taught Sarkar in the 9th and 10th grades at St. Michael's School in Durgapur, West Bengal. "How could he do this? That was the question that racked my mind for long hours." (Additional reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee and Sujoy Dhar in Kolkata; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and David Gregorio)


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