Woman on UCLA gunman’s hit list found dead, LAPD chief says

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LOS ANGELES -- The man suspected in an apparent murder-suicide on the UCLA campus had a “kill list,” and a second victim named on that list has been found dead in Minnesota, Los Angeles Police Department Charlie Beck said Thursday.

Mainak Sarkar, a resident of Minnesota, is believed to have fatally shot UCLA Professor William Klug on the university's Westwood campus before turning the gun on himself Wednesday, according to LAPD.

Beck told KTLA that authorities found a "kill list" at Sarkar's residence in Minnesota. In addition to Klug's name, another UCLA professor was on the list. That professor was not harmed. The third name on the list was a woman. When investigators went to her home in a nearby town in Minnesota, they found her body. She had been shot to death, Beck said.

Based on the evidence collected so far, investigators believe Sarkar killed the woman in Minnesota, then drove to Los Angeles with two handguns and multiple rounds of ammunition. He arrived at the UCLA campus and went to Klug's fourth-floor office, where he shot Klug several times before turning the gun on himself, Beck said.

"This is mental issues, mental derangement. But it was tied to a dispute over intellectual property where Sarkar believed he had information released by the professor that harmed him," Beck said. "UCLA says this is not true and the workings of his imagination."

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