UCLA gunman’s wife found dead in Minnesota

Police say Mainak Sarker was the shooter in a murder-suicide Wednesday at UCLA. (courtesy: CNN)

Los Angeles (CNN) Mainak Sarkar, the gunman who opened fire in a murder-suicide at UCLA, left behind a trail of evidence that led investigators to another victim.

A woman found dead on Thursday in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, was Ashley Hasti, CNN affiliate WCCO reported.
Hasti was Sarkar’s wife, officials in Hennepin County, Minnesota, said. Those officials did not confirm Hasti was the woman found dead
Hasti and Sarkar married June 14, 2011, Hennepin County Communications Officer Carolyn Marinan said. It was unclear if they were still married at the time of their deaths.
Police who searched Sarkar’s Minnesota home found a note with an ominous title, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.
“Kill list,” it said, spelling out the names of three people, according to Beck.
One of them was William S. Klug, the UCLA professor Sarkar killed.
A woman’s name, apparently Hasti, also was on the list. She had a gunshot wound and had apparently been killed before the UCLA shooting, Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley told reporters.
The third person Sarkar intended to target was another professor at UCLA, Beck said. That faculty member was off-campus Wednesday and was unharmed, the police chief said.
Beck earlier told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV that “a dispute over intellectual property” was tied to the UCLA shooting, which put the campus on lockdown for hours Wednesday.
“Everybody tries to look for a reason for this. Well, first of all, there is no good reason for this,” Beck told the station. “This is a mental issue, mental derangement, but it was tied to a dispute over intellectual property.”
Sarkar felt the professor he killed had released information “that harmed him,” he told KTLA. “UCLA says this is absolutely not true. This is the workings of his imagination.”

Police searching for vehicle

It had been several years since Sarkar was a student at UCLA. He graduated in 2013 with a Ph.D. in engineering.
At some point in the past few days, Beck said, Sarkar drove from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Los Angeles, armed with two semiautomatic pistols and multiple rounds of ammunition.
He went to his former professor’s fourth-floor office Wednesday and shot him dead with multiple rounds, then killed himself, Beck said.
Investigators who rushed to the scene found a note, according to the police chief.
“The note at UCLA said to ask for the finder to check on his cat in Minnesota. So we checked in (on) his cat in Minnesota at his residence. Actually we did a search warrant at his residence,” Beck told KTLA.
That’s where investigators found the kill list, Beck said.
Police are searching for the gray 2003 Nissan Sentra Sarkar drove from Minnesota to California, Beck said.
Inside, the police chief told KTLA, “there will be evidence that will help us unravel this.”
Authorities don’t have any evidence suggesting that Sarkar committed additional crimes on his way from Minnesota to California, Beck said. But that’s something the police chief says they’re investigating.
“Of course, that is one of the reasons we want to find the car,” Beck said, “to see where that will lead us.”

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