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An IITian from Kharagpur, Mainak Sarkar also linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park

According to a marriage license application Sarkar, hails from Durgapur in West Bengal and got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011

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  • Mainak Sarkar had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India
  • The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code
  • A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’

The gunman identified as “Mainak Sarkar” in connection with the killing of the UCLA engineering professor, William Klug has in a shocking disclosure been linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park, north of Minneapolis.

A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’. The 38-year-old Mainak Sarkar, before travelling 2000 miles to kill Klug, had shot dead the woman in Minnesota, according to the Los Angeles Police. Officials haven’t disclosed the name of the woman yet.

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“In the residence in Minnesota, we found multiple items, including extra ammunition and also a note with names on it indicating a kill list,” Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck told Los Angeles television station. The list had the wording “kill list” on it, says Beck. The list also had the name of another professor, who is unharmed.

Police on UCLA campus after the shooting. Image source: bbc.com
Police on UCLA campus after the shooting. Image source: bbc.com

“Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust,” says a blog post by Sarkar, dated March.

The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code. While this appears to be the cause as of now, UCLA denies such claims.

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Sarkar was armed with two 9mm pistols and multiple ammunition clips, said Police. As further investigation continues in the case, it became known that he had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India.

Sarkar, hailing from Durgapur in West Bengal got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011, according to a marriage license application obtained by Reuters. He is described as “brilliant”, “able” and “trustworthy” by friends and colleagues.

-by Maariyah, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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