UCLA shooting: Police ID gunman

Los Angeles (CNN) – Mainak Sarkar was the gunman who opened fire at the University of California Los Angeles on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The murder-suicide on UCLA’s campus shocked the student body and sent the school into lockdown on Wednesday.

“Our hearts are heavy this evening as our campus family mourns the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on our campus earlier today,” said Chancellor Gene Block 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.”
Authorities haven’t released the shooter’s identity. A professor, William S. Klug, was identified by UCLA Student Body President Michael Skiles as the slain individual.
Klug was described as an easy-going little league coach, according to one friend, and an “an empathetic, brilliant teacher” as California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom put it.
A father of two, Klug was killed on campus in an apparent murder-suicide in one of the university’s engineering buildings.
“It’s hard to even fathom,” Klug’s friend, Lance Giroux, told CNN affiliate KCBS, fighting back tears. “To have your son grow up without a dad, it’s rough.”
Friends told KCBS that he was a proud coach of his young son’s baseball team.
“[He was] always very positive. Kids loved working with him because he was such an easy coach to work with,” Giroux said.

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