Washington: Mainak Sarkar, the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) gunman who opened fire in a murder-suicide at UCLA, reportedly shot dead his wife, who was on his ‘kill list’.
According to CNN, a woman named Ashley Hasti, Sarkar’s wife, was found dead in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis.
Hasti and Sarkar married June 14, 2011, Hennepin County Communications Officer Carolyn Marinan said, however, it was unclear if they were still married at the time of their deaths.
The Police who searched Sarkar’s Minnesota home found a note with an ominous title named “Kill list,” which spelled out the names of three people, in which one of them was William S. Klug, the UCLA professor Sarkar killed. Hasti’s name was also apparently on the list and she had a gunshot wound and had reportedly been killed before the UCLA shooting.
The third person Sarkar intended to target was another professor at UCLA, but the faculty member was off-campus and was unharmed.
The police said that “a dispute over intellectual property” was tied to the UCLA shooting, which put the campus on lockdown for hours. “This is a mental issue, mental derangement, but it was tied to a dispute over intellectual property,” the police said.
Sarkar reportedly felt the professor he killed had released information “that harmed him,” but UCLA has said that this is absolutely not true and it was the workings of his imagination.
It had been several years since Sarkar was a student at UCLA, as he had graduated in 2013 with Ph.D. in engineering. Sarkar drove from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Los Angeles, armed with two semiautomatic pistols and multiple rounds of ammunition.
He went to his former professor’s fourth-floor office Wednesday and shot him dead with multiple rounds, and then killed himself, police say.