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Cops: UCLA Shooter Had Kill List, Suspected In Separate Minnesota Death

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Law enforcement said Thursday the UCLA shooter had a “kill list,” and one of the women on it has been found dead.

An apparent murder-suicide Wednesday morning on UCLA’s campus put the school on lockdown with students barricading themselves in classrooms as law enforcement searched for an active shooter. Now, law enforcement told KTLA they discovered a “kill list” at the shooter’s Minnesota home and one of the women on it has been found dead. Another unidentified UCLA professor was on the list, but they are O.K.

Police went to the home of the woman on the list and found her shot to death.

The Los Angeles Police Department identified the shooter as graduate student Mainak Sarkar. Authorities say he shot William S. Klug, a married professor with two kids who coached little league baseball in his free time. Klug was also on the list. A law enforcement source told KNX Radio the student was “despondent” about his grades. What appeared to be a suicide note was found.

Authorities said the professor and student had a “longer-standing” bad relationship, KABC-TV reports. A law enforcement officer told NBC News that Sarkar also may have believed Klug misused his computer code.

UCLA said classes would start back up Thursday.

“Our hearts are heavy this evening as our campus family mourns the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on our campus earlier today,” Chancellor Gene Block said in an email. “Our UCLA family has indeed been shaken, but we will rely upon the strong bonds of our community and our faith in one another as we begin the process of healing.”

The Engineering IV building on South Campus was the site of the shooting. The University told students to take shelter on their website. Law enforcement responded and searched the building, and for a while people believed an active shooter was still walking the campus.

The campus has been declared safe, and the attention has turned to mourning the loss.

“Bill was an absolutely wonderful man, just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet,” UCLA Professor Alan Garfinkel told AP. “Devoted family man, superb mentor and teacher to so many students. He was my close colleague and friend. Our research together was to build a computer model of the heart, a 50 million variable ‘virtual heart’ that could be used to test drugs.”

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