Friday June 03, 2016 -Mainak Sarkar, the gunman who opened fire in a murder-suicide at UCLA, left behind a trail of evidence that led investigators to another victim.
A woman found dead on Thursday in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, was Ashley Hasti, CNN affiliate WCCO reported.
Hasti was Sarkar’s wife, officials in Hennepin County, Minnesota, said. Those officials did not confirm Hasti was the woman found dead.
Hasti and Sarkar married June 14, 2011, Hennepin County Communications Officer Carolyn Marinan said. It was unclear if they were still married at the time of their deaths.
Police who searched Sarkar’s Minnesota home found a note with an ominous title, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.
“Kill list,” it said, spelling out the names of three people, according to Beck.
One of them was William S. Klug, the UCLA professor Sarkar killed.
A woman’s name, apparently Hasti, also was on the list. She had a gunshot wound and had apparently been killed before the UCLA shooting, Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley told reporters.
The third person Sarkar intended to target was another professor at UCLA, Beck said. That faculty member was off-campus Wednesday and was unharmed, the police chief said.
“Everybody tries to look for a reason for this. Well, first of all, there is no good reason for this,” Beck told the station. “This is a mental issue, mental derangement, but it was tied to a dispute over intellectual property.”
Sarkar felt the professor he killed had released information “that harmed him,” he told KTLA. “UCLA says this is absolutely not true. This is the workings of his imagination.”
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