UCLA shooting aftermath as students recall terror: 'We had acid to throw in shooter's face'

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In one stroke around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the struggle to learn vanished and life at UCLA became a matter of survival.

Over 24 hours later, the impact of former grad student Mainak Sarkar's brutal assault has only just begun to set in for many who were caught in the middle of the two-hour nightmare on campus.

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"I was stuck in a lab with seven other students when the lockdown started," one engineering student told TheWrap on the condition of anonymity. "We had hydrochloric acid there. We were going to throw it in the shooter's face if he came barging in. It would have burnt his face."

Another student, who also wished not to be identified, told TheWrap that she's been having a hard time concentrating since the incident, which claimed the life of Prof. William S. Klug as well as Sarkar. Sarkar's victims also include Ashley Hasti, who was found shot dead in Minnesota and believed to be his wife.

For students at Engineering IV when the shooting began, the horror of the situation was immediate. "I was hiding under my desk in my office for a long time," the second student said. "I could hear someone pleading with the shooter to drop his gun. I spent the entire time planning my escape route should he come into my office."

Students were alerted of a possible shooting via BruinAlert text message and email Wednesday morning, and authorities have since revealed that the 38-year-old Sarkar shot and killed Klug, 39, and then turned his semiautomatic pistol on himself. Sarkar has been described as a former doctoral student who was angry with Prof. Klug over stolen computer code.

The university has now taken steps to address the survivors' needs in the wake of the horrific incident. In an email to students obtained by TheWrap, UCLA's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh urged people to seek counseling in one of the university's four "designated healing spaces."

The engineering school's dean, Jayathi Murthy, announced in another email that final exams and the commencement ceremony "will proceed as regularly scheduled." But she also said that in light of the events, "those who seek to make alternative arrangements for final final exams should work with their professors to discuss potential alternatives."

The email also notes that the university is now offering students crisis counseling "24/7 and walk in services."

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Ashley Hasti confirmed as Mainak Sarkar's first victim https://t.co/kxOSF2gWL5 https://t.co/8A1zJx9ojV
#UCLA latest coming up at 4pm on NBC4. Woman found dead in Minnesota confirmed as Ashley Hasti. @NBCLA https://t.co/wEOUr31xwG
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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Police officers interview witnesses after conducting 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
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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The few students who showed up Thursday said they were seriously considering taking the school up on its offer. "I didn't want to come in today," one student said. "But I couldn't stay home either. I barely slept last night. I don't really want to do anything right now."

He had just spoken to Klug, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, a few days earlier and was still having a hard time wrapping his mind around the fact that his "role model" was gone.

"Here is a guy who did everything by the book," he said. "He was brilliant and nice and calm ... just like that his life is over. I feel like, 'why bother doing anything anymore?'"

"I just can't get the image of his face out of my head," another of Klug's students said. "It's just so sad."

Wednesday's shooting is likely to have long-lasting mental effects on many of the students at UCLA, and not just those who were in the building. As one student told TheWrap, "Even those who weren't under lockdown are experiencing stress."

The exact motive for the shooting has not been confirmed, but a blog post reportedly written by Sarkar in March — which has since been deleted — claims that Klug had stolen computer code from him and given it to another student.

The few engineering students on campus on Thursday said they didn't know Sarkar, who graduated from the program three years ago. But one student said that if Klug did in fact give the code to another student, he had every right to.

"The problem isn't the professor," the student said. "We all have to sign papers at the beginning of the program which essentially states that all intellectual property belongs to UCLA. That research was paid for by the university. That's how research gets advanced. No one can crack the code on their own. It's how things are done."

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