News Update!!: Westwood, CA: Latest Information: Murder Suicide Shooting at U.C.L.A. Campus.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding a murder suicide shooting on the campus of U.C.L.A. in Westwood, California that accrued on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.
** As of 11:00pm PT on Friday, June 3rd, 2016: **
Authorities say the vehicle the gunman drove from Minnesota to Los Angeles and later shot a professor on the campus of U.C.L.A. has been found a few miles in Culver City, California.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department Caption William P. Hayes, they found gasoline cans in the car, which did not appear nefarious, along with a handgun.
Authorities found no financial records from his trip, so it is believed he used cash to make the drive.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, the guns had apparently been purchased legally in Minnesota.
Streets were later reopened around the incident scene.
** As of 4:00am PT on Friday, June 3rd, 2016: **
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Authorities say that a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle that a gunman drove from Minnesota to Los Angeles and later shot a professor on the campus of U.C.L.A. has been found a few miles in Culver City, California.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a 2003 gray Nissan Sentra with a Minnesota license plate was found parked in the 11300 block of Washington Place in Culver City, California.
The area between Sepulveda Boulevard and Bledsoe Avenue was closed and a bomb squad was called in to check out the vehicle.
The Washington Boulevard off-ramp of Interstate 405 was also closed to traffic.
Investigators say the gunman, Mainak Sarkar, traveled from Minnesota to Los Angeles to carry out the killing of his former professor, William Klug, before turning the gun on himself.
The gunman’s vehicle may contain evidence to help unravel the case.
** As of 11:00pm PT on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016: **
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Students and the community stand together on the U.C.L.A. campus to remember U.C.L.A. professor Bill Klug.
** As of 11:40am PT on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016: **
The Los Angeles Police Department Police identified the gunman as 38 year old Mainak Sarkar, a former doctoral student who shot and killed a UCLA professor.
Authorities are saying that the gunman had a “kill list” that included the names of the instructor, a woman found dead Thursday morning in Minnesota and a second professor.
According to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, there’s a “strong” connection between Mainak Sarkar and a gunshot victim found dead in Minnesota.
Information was recovered at the gunman’s Minnesota residence that led authorities to believe Mainak Sarkar is linked to the woman’s death.
The names of the deceased woman, Klug’s, and a third individual reportedly another U.C.L.A. professor were found on the “kill list” at the gunman’s home.
The second professor was not on the campus at the time of the shooting.
According to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, “It was a list that made the readers believe that it was a list of people that he was going to kill and, she was on that list. He was certainly prepared to engage multiple victims.”
The woman was found early on the morning of Thursday, June 2nd 2016 after a call from Los Angeles Police Department investigators who were following up on information found in a note located near the bodies of Klug and Sarkar.
The note that was found near the bodies inside the office asked authorities to check on Sarkar’s cat at his home in Minnesota which led authorities to a nearby home where they found the woman shot dead.
Authorities in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota said that the slaying appeared to have occurred before the murder-suicide U.C.L.A.
At this moment, authorities don’t have information about the relationship between the woman and Sarkar.
Authorities are continuing their search for a 2003 gray Nissan Sentra with Minnesota license plate 720 KTW.
Authorities say Mainak Sarkar drove the vehicle from Minnesota to Los Angeles, California with 2 handguns and rounds of ammunition that included several magazines, and might contain evidence to help investigators establish a motive.
** As of 10:00pm PT on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016: **
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Students, colleagues, and family have identified the victim who was killed in the murder suicide on the campus of U.C.L.A. is named William Klug of El Segundo, California.
The husband, father of 2 young children, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor was reportedly in an office inside Boelter Hall on the U.C.L.A. campus when he was reportedly shot and killed by an unidentified student who then took his own life.
During an afternoon press conference, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said to the news media that a gun and a note were found near the bodies.
A family friend of William Klug, Lance Giroux tells NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, “It’s hard to even fathom it — to have your son grow up without a dad. Hoping the community can rally around that and help him out because he’s going to need it.”
According to his biography on the U.C.L.A. website, William Klug received his Ph.D from Caltech in 2003, his master’s of science from U.C.L.A. in 1999, and his bachelor’s from Westmont College in 1998.
William Klug also led the Klug Research Group in Computational Biomechanics at U.C.L.A.
A GoFundMe account has been set up here to help William Klug’s family.
**** GoFundMe: William ‘Bill’ Klug Family Fund: ****
** As of 11:00am PT on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016: **
A murder suicide shooting accrued at the campus of U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles, California.
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The shooting occurred before 10:00am PT on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, the shooting was a murder suicide of 2 males in a office and both a gun and note was found.
The Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said that the situation on the U.C.L.A. campus is contained, no suspects outstanding, and the campus is safe.
Classes at U.C.L.A. have been canceled on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.
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