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UCLA shooting suspect wrote 'kill list' before attack

The man accused of killing a professor in a murder-suicide at the University of California left a "kill list" at his Minnesota home before the attack. It included a woman who was found dead in Minnesota.

LA Chief of Police Charlie Beck

LA Chief of Police Charlie Beck

After shooting dead the woman whose name was on the list, 38-year-old suspected shooter Mainak Sarkar drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two guns and killed 39-year-old Professor Bill Klug before taking his own life on Wednesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told local TV station KTLA.

Beck said he could not release the Minnesota victim's name.

The kill list also included the name of another UCLA professor, whom Beck did not identify, but who was unhurt.

"Professor Klug's name was on that list, as was another UCLA professor who was alright," Beck told the station.

The attack appears to have been motivated by Sarkar's belief that Klug had stolen computer code from him.

"Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm," Sarkar wrote in a blog post in March. "Be careful about whom you trust."

The post contrasted with other indications that Sarkar had got 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. Thank you for being my mentor," Sarkar wrote.

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

"Our entire UCLA family is mourning the loss of Professor Klug, a respected, dedicated and caring faculty member," Gene Block, the university's chancellor, said in a statement.

UCLA, with more than 43,000 students, is one of the more well-regarded schools in the University of California system.

It appears that "mental issues were involved," Beck said.

Police have asked for the public's help in finding the car Sarkar drove to Los Angeles, a 2003 Nissan Sentra with the license plate 720KTW.

jbh/sms (Reuters, AP)

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