UCLA Shooter Had Planned To Kill Third Victim

Soumashree Sarkar

A planned, third victim was featured in UCLA murder-suicide gunman Mainak Sarkar's "kill list." Sarkar, who killed himself after claiming the lives of his estranged wife Ashley Erin Hasti and UCLA professor William Klug, had apparently intended to murder a second professor of the university. The unnamed planned victim was unharmed and was off campus at the time.

Sarkar first killed Hasti at her home in Minnesota before making the 1,913 mile journey to the University of California, Los Angeles, to murder his former engineering professor, Klug. He, however, could not find the third proposed victim, whose life he had planned to take.

The question of a third intended victim of Sarkar's was addressed by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck as he spoke at a press conference.

"We believe that Sarkar came to the Los Angeles area very recently, within the last couple of days. He went there to kill two faculty from UCLA. He was only able to find one."

Jeff Eldredge, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, who had worked with Klug and reviewed Mainak's thesis, shed light on Sarkar's "combative" nature when he spoke to the Edmonton Sun.

"He didn't take criticism well. He'd say, 'I don't know how to answer that' or 'I don't know what that means.' He was just very stubborn."

"This is not an event we will quickly get over. It will take time to heal the sadness that has cloaked our campus, but we will heal it together," said Siegel, as reported by the UCLA Newsroom. "Let there always be light."

The question as to how Sarkar came to possess two semi-automatic pistols, with which he would go on his killing spree, has sprung a series of debates. The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, called for a discussion on reducing gun violence and its potential victim count, through their official Facebook account.


Sarkar's first victim, medical student Ashley Hasti, whom he married in June 2011 and was separated from at the time of her murder, was remembered in a Facebook update by her sister, Alex Hasti.

"She could do anything she dreamed of. Her life was cut short much too soon by her estranged husband."


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