UCLA Gunman Identified As Indian-American Techie Mainak Sarkar

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  1. Screambowl

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    UCLA Gunman Identified As Indian-American Techie Mainak Sarkar
    World | Press Trust of India | Updated: June 03, 2016 00:36 IST
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    The shooter was Mainak Sarkar, said Officer Jenny Houser, a city police spokeswoman.

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    1. Mainak Sarkar had killed a professor at UCLA before taking his own life.
    2. Mainak Sarkar was a doctoral candidate at the school.
    3. The shooting prompted the campus to close for 2 hours on Wednesday.

    The gunman who killed a UCLA professor has been identified as his former doctoral student Indian-American Mainak Sarkar, who had accused him of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else, a media report said.

    Mainak Sarkar, an alumni of the IIT-Kharagpur, shot and killed professor William Klug in a small office in University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before killing himself on Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources.

    The shooting prompted a complete lockdown of the campus and deployment of hundreds of police officers as well as federal agents.


    All university classes were cancelled on Wednesday. The lockdown was lifted shortly after noon. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the UCLA campus, according to its website.

    Klug, 39, was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and had been the target of Mainak Sarkar's anger on social media for months, the paper said.

    He accused the professor of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else, it said.

    "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," Mainak Sarkar wrote on March 10.

    "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," he wrote.

    In his doctoral dissertation, submitted in 2013, Mainak Sarkar had expressed gratitude to Klug for his help and support, the paper said. "Thank you for being my mentor," he wrote.

    Before enrolling at UCLA, Mainak Sarkar earned a master's degree at Stanford University, according to his LinkedIn page.

    In 2000, he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

    He also had a stint as a research assistant at the University of Texas and worked as a software developer.

    After UCLA, Mainak Sarkar worked remotely as an engineering analyst for an Ohio-based rubber company, Endurica LLC where he worked until August 2014.
     
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  3. Screambowl

    Screambowl Senior Member Senior Member

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    The anger of student is correct but way is not justified. I don't know whether this brilliant academician filed a complaint against this thief professor who ruined his career and the ethics of the knowledge and plagiarism.

    This is very saddening and not good for the University's reputation. Feeling sorry for the parents of this Phd student and family of professor.
     
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    In some countries students kill themselves in USA students kill a whole bunch of other people before themselves that seems to be trend for decades. This seems to be personal revenge killing? But others were also targeted media claims?
     
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    Indian PhD Student, Who Shot Dead His American Research Guide, Had Plans To Kill Another Professor
    Bobins Abraham
    June 3, 2016

    The bad blood between him and his research guide at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), William Klug, led Indian PhD student Mainak Sarkar to shoot him dead, police have said.

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    Sarkar, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus, had shot dead his professor and a woman at her apartment on Wednesday before killing himself.

    The 38-year-old PhD student was doing his research under Klug, who was only a year older than Sarkar, and was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

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    Their academic relationship which began on a warm note turned sour recently.

    On his blog, Sarker had accused Klug of stealing his code and favoring another student.

    "Your enemy is your enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust. Stay away from this sick guy."
    On March 10, in another blog, Sarkar further wrote...

    "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."
    However Klug's friends rejected the claims and said it was "absolutely untrue" and "psychotic."

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    According to some reports the Indian student had plans to kill another professor from the same department, but he was away from the campus at the time when Sarkar reached the campus armed with two 9 mm pistols and multiple ammunition clips.

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    Even though officials have not revealed the identity of the woman Sarkar shot dead, she is rumored to be Ashley Erin Hasti, an American woman whom he married in 2011. The duo were reportedly living separately.

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    The guy is from same Institute as Kejriwal. ToI news says Mainak Sarkar was sub-par and could not finish his Phd in 10 years. Klug, however, was more helpful and forgiving to his not so bright protégé, but perhaps frustration and inferiority complex drove him mad. Its distressing to note Kharagpur IIT churn out such mediocres.
     
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    Sounds fishy. Common in USA................
     
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    This guy clearly has no taste in women it's clear that he's not a normal person.
     
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    Many people who get into IITs are actually kind of messed up. I have two in my family. One of them is IIT-Madras pass out. Started off with a high paying job, but over a period of time, his health deteriorated, and now he took VRS and is under medication. Of course, his wife and kid does not live with him.
     

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