By Alison Counts
A shooting at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Wednesday killed two men in a murder-suicide.
The shooting took place around 10 a.m., in the Engineer IV Building. The lockdown lasted near an hour, with students building barricades, and even using their belts to lock themselves in classes during the shooting.
During and after the lockdown, students were evacuated from the building. They were seen on film holding their hands above their hands-some staff even handcuffed- to be searched by the police forces.
All classes and afterschool programs that that day were canceled but continued again the next day.
No information about the victims have been given at this time.
The gunman has been identified as Mainak Sarkar. A suicide note found on the body of the murderer, detailing his house and asking that the finder “check on his cat in Minnesota.” After an investigation at the man’s house, it was discovered he had written down a ‘kill list’.
The second victim’s name was written on this list as well, UCLA Professor William S. Klug. Another name on the list was a women found earlier this week shot dead in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The third persons name on the list, another UCLA staff member, was off campus that day and is unharmed. Neither of their names have been released.
Motivations behind the murder have not been expended on beyond it being, as said by Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, “This is a mental issue, mental derangement, but it was tied to a dispute over intellectual property.”
UCLA will be mourning the loss of the “empathetic, and brilliant teacher,” William S. Klug.