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SOTG 394 - UCLA Murder-Suicide Fosters Slave State

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The murder/suicide on the campus of UCLA drew national attention as a ‘breaking news story,’ but why? How and why did the death of two people, out of the 300 million plus that inhabit the United States of America, warrant non-stop national news coverage? During our SWAT Fuel Warrior of the Week segment, our caller has a question about emergency kits and the RATS tourniquet. Also, Professor Paul has more motivation for your troops overseas. Brought to you by Silencer Shop!

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From heavy.com:

A Ph.D. gunman crossed a victim off his “kill list” yesterday when he fatally shot a UCLA professor over allegations of stolen code and sparked a campus-wide lockdown in the middle of finals week. Mainak Sarkar, 38, had accused Professor William Klug, 39, of the theft in March 2016. On June 1, Sarkar confronted Klug in UCLA’s engineering complex and shot him dead with a 9mm handgun. Sarkar then took his own life.

The victim was a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, according to his official bio on UCLA’s website.

Sarkar was first named in a report by CBS News. He had a Ph.D. in solid mechanics from UCLA.

The shooting prompted a two-hour lockdown and massive police response at the school, with LAPD Chief 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.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Sarkar Had a ‘Kill List’ in His Home in Minnesota & Also Shot His Wife Ashley Hasti Dead There

On June 2, Chief Beck told the L.A. Times that Sarkar had a “kill list” at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, and had shot a woman dead in her home in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park. The kill list included her name, Klug’s name, and another professor who is thought to be safe. The woman has been named as 31-year-old Ashley Hasti.

It was originally reported that Hasti was Sarkar’s ex-girlfriend, but WCCO-TV is reporting that they were married in 2011. It is not clear if they were still together or had separated.

Beck said the professor was not on campus at the time of the shooting, but it is not known if Sarkar tried to find him before killing himself.

In his press conference immediately after the shooting, UCLA Police Chief James Herren suggested the incident may have been a murder-suicide. KNX reporter Rob Archer tweeted that a suicide note was recovered at the scene. But Chief Beck told the L.A. Times the note listed Sarkar’s home address and requested that someone “check on my cat.” At a later press conference, Beck said there was no reference to suicide in the note.

The kill list led police to check Hasti’s home, where they discovered her body.

Authorities are also trying to track down Sarkar’s 2003 gray Nissan Sentra with Minnesota plates 720KTW. He is thought to have driven from Minnesota to Los Angeles.

The Daily Bruin originally reported that the shooter was a white male who was 6 feet tall. The newspaper added that the shooter was wearing a black jacket and black pants. That was based on a campus police description.

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta tweeted that Sarkar was “despondent” over his grades, which prompted the shooting.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Klug was killed inside an office in the engineering complex.

Police recovered two pistols at the scene, along with extra ammunition magazines. Beck told reporters both guns were purchased legally, and at least one was registered to Sarkar.

Investigators later found “extra ammunition and a box for one of two pistols found at UCLA” in Sarkar’s Minnesota home, the Times reports. It is not yet known when or where Sarkar purchased the guns.

CBS News reports that Sarkar has no previous criminal history. But police have not said whether Sarkar had a history of mental health issues.

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From ibtimes.co.uk:

The gunman who shot and killed his former professor before turning the gun on himself at UCLA has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, a PhD student who had once called slain academic William Klug his mentor.

According to the LAPD, Sarkar had accused Klug of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else. The Los Angeles Times reported that Sakar killed himself after shooting Klug in one of the college’s engineering facilities.

Klug, an associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, had been aware of Sarkar’s accusations against him. The former student had taken to social media on March 10 to call the professor a “very sick person”.

“William Klug, UCLA professor is not the kind of person when you think of a professor. He is a very sick person. I urge every new student coming to UCLA to stay away from this guy,” the student wrote. “He made me really sick. Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust.”

A source at the university told the Los Angeles paper the accusations were ludicrous. They added that Klug had worked hard to help Sarkar despite shortcomings in his work.

In his doctoral thesis Sarkar thanked Klug and wrote: “Thank you for being my mentor”. Before enrolling at UCLA, Sarkar earned a master’s degree at Stanford University.

39-year-old Klug, a father of two, was described as “brilliant and kind” by his colleagues and an “exceptional mentor” by a former student.

“I am absolutely devastated,” said Klug’s colleague, Alan Garfinkel, a professor of integrative biology and physiology who worked with the victim to develop a computer generated virtual heart. “You cannot ask for a nicer, gentler, sweeter and more supportive guy than William Klug.”

The El Segundo resident earned his undergraduate degree in engineering physics in 1997 from Westmont College, his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1999 at UCLA, and a PhD in mechanical engineering in 2003 from Caltech.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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