Breaking news out of California where police have named the suspect in yesterday’s murder-suicide at UCLA.

According to reports, the shooter was a former Ph.D student named Mainak Sarkar. Sarkar, a graduate of the India Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree from Stanford, had allegedly accused Professor Klug of stealing his computer code and had been angry with the married father of two for weeks prior to the shooting:

From the Los Angeles Times:

Klug was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and had been the target of Sarkar’s anger on social media for months. On March 10, Sarkar called the professor a “very sick person” who should not be trusted.

“William Klug, UCLA professor is not the kind of person when you think of a professor. He is a very sick person. I urge every new student coming to UCLA to stay away from this guy,” Sarkar wrote. “He made me really sick. Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust.”

A university source called the gunman’s accusations “absolutely untrue.”

“The idea that somebody took his ideas is absolutely psychotic,” the source said.

The student paper at UCLA had originally described the shooter as a “white male”:

Hardest hit is the liberal narrative:

We’re also seeing reports that the gun used in the shooting was a 9mm handgun and that Sarkar had no “apparent criminal history”:

From CBS News:

A law enforcement source said Sarkar, the deceased shooting suspect, used a 9mm semi-automatic and had no apparent criminal history, reports CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton.


Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo in this post.