UCLA murder-suicide victim, gunman identified
LOS ANGELES (KUSI) — 5/02/2016 7 a.m. — The gunman and victim in a murder-suicide at the University of California Los Angeles campus Wednesday have been identified.
William S. Klug was shot in an engineering building office on the UCLA campus Wednesday morning before the shooter turned the gun on himself. The school quickly went into lockdown and police swarmed the campus in what was initially believed to be an active shooter situation. Klug was a professor of bio-mechanical engineering at UCLA.
"Bill was an absolutely wonderful man, just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet," said a collaborator, UCLA Professor Alan Garfinkel. "Devoted family man, superb mentor and teacher to so many students. He was my close colleague and friend. Our research together was to build a computer model of the heart, a 50 million variable ‘virtual heart’ that could be used to test drugs."
He was a husband and father of two.
"He had a special relationship with his son through baseball, was a great coach, spent countless hours on the field with the boys and girls of El Segundo Little League," Peter Gianusso said, who headed the league where Klug coached.
The shooter was identified as Mainak Sarkar, Officer Jenny Houser said. According to UCLA’s website, he was a member of a computational biomechanics research group run by the Klug.
Classes were cancelled Wednesday but resumed as normal Thursday. Grief counseling was offered to students and faculty.
The investigation continued, as police work to discover the motive behind the shooting.
5/01/2016 3:00 p.m. — According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement officials said that, based on the appearances of the deceased, police believe that a professor was been shot by a student who then turned the gun on himself.
LAPD’s chief spokesman, Capt. Andy Neiman, said a note was also found near the scene of the shooting, but it was unclear if it was connected to either person involved.
12:20 p.m. — Two males were found dead in the engineering building at the UCLA campus in a murder-suicide, according to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck.
An LAPD official said there was a "possibility" one of the victims was the shooter shortly before it was confirmed by Beck.
The lockdown on the campus has been lifted. Classes have been cancelled through Wednesday and will resume Thursday.
Police put the campus on tactical lockdown as they secured the area in what was considered an active shooter situation once the investigation began. Students were told to shelter in place, leading many to barricade doorways with furniture and tie door handles with belts and other means.
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The shooting was reported shortly before 10 a.m. in Boelter Hall, part of the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, according to the university. Further information on the identity of the two dead males has not been released.
11:25 a.m. — The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that two people were shot and killed on the UCLA campus. The city remains on tactical lockdown as authorities respond to the developing situation.
11:00 a.m. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were en route to UCLA. Multiple schools in the area were also placed on lockdown including Warner Elementary School, Fairburn Elementary School and Emerson Middle School, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The campus has been on lockdown for almost an hour. Los Angeles Police Department is on city-wide tactical alert. Police continued to call it an active shooter situation.
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10:20 a.m. — UCLA was put on lockdown and students were told to shelter in place Wednesday morning, after reports of an active shooter on campus.
Two have been shot near the UCLA’s engineering building, according to Los Angeles police Officer Aareon Jefferson.
Police confirming two shooting victims at UCLA. Campus remains on lockdown. Watch for updates. https://t.co/r6LoVO24Ig
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The shooting was reported shortly before 10 a.m. in Boelter Hall, which is part of the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, according to the university.
A large number of police and fire units swarmed to the Westwood campus, and paramedics were seen standing by with gurneys. The Los Angeles Police Department went on a tactical alert in response to the shooting reports.
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The Daily Bruin, the UCLA campus newspaper, reported via Twitter that "many professors (are) being asked by administrators to cancel classes in the next few hours and email students.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.