US shooter had ‘kill list’ including professors, wife

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LOS ANGELES: A gunman who shot dead his former college professor in California before taking his own life also murdered his wife as he worked off a “kill list,” authorities and media reports said. Mainak Sarkar, 38, killed Ashley Hasti in Minnesota and then drove 2,000 miles (3,220 km) to Los Angeles where he shot his former professor William Klug on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), according to police and local media. Officials in Hennepin County, in the midwestern state of Minnesota, said Hasti and Sarkar were married on June 14, 2011. It was unclear if the couple were still married at the time of their deaths. Klug, 39, a father of two who taught mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), was shot in his office on campus before Sarkar turned the gun on himself, police said. A note in Sarkar’s backpack—in which he asked that someone look after his cat—led police to his home in Minnesota, where a “kill list” was found, Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck told reporters.

AFP

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