Police ID man who carried out UCLA attack

2016-06-02 18:39
Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials remove a body at the scene of the shooting at UCLA. (Nick Ut, AP)

Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials remove a body at the scene of the shooting at UCLA. (Nick Ut, AP)

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Los Angeles - Police on Thursday identified the man they say carried out a murder-suicide that took the life of an engineering professor at UCLA.

The shooter was Mainak Sarkar, said Officer Jenny Houser, a city police spokesperson.

Sarkar is listed on a UCLA website as a member of a computational biomechanics research group run by the victim, a professor of biomechanical engineering.

Gunned down

The shooting on Wednesday brought a massive police response and widespread fear of an active shooter among tens of thousands of people at the university. Now fear has shifted to sadness as many lament the death of a professor who worked on computer models of the human heart, who was also a doting father who coached his young son's baseball team.

Bill Klug, a professor of mechanical engineering, was gunned down in an engineering building office, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation but not authorised to publicly discuss it.

Finding the gunman's motive in killing Klug will be foremost in the investigation as it continues on Thursday.

Classes at the University of California, Los Angeles campus will resume on Thursday for most of the school and on Monday for the engineering department, whose students and faculty were coming to grips with his loss.

Lock the doors

The initial reports from the scene set off widespread fears of an attempted mass shooting on campus, bringing a response of hundreds of heavily armed officers who swarmed the campus.

Groups of officers stormed into buildings that had been locked down and cleared hallways as police helicopters hovered overhead.

Advised by university text alerts to turn out the lights and lock the doors where they were, many students let friends and family know they were safe in social media posts. Some described frantic evacuation scenes, while others wrote that their doors weren't locking and posted photos of photocopiers and foosball tables they used as barricades.

It was the week before final exams at UCLA, whose 43 000 students make it the largest campus in the University of California system.

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