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Woman on UCLA Shooter's 'Kill List' Found Dead in Minnesota

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The gunman in yesterday’s murder-suicide at UCLA has been identified as 38-year-old Mainak Sarkar, who shot and killed professor William Klug. On Thursday, police said an unidentified woman whose name appeared on a “kill list” written by Sarkar has been found dead in Minnesota.

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There’s little information right now about the woman; the LAPD says that the list included Klug’s name, the woman who has been found dead, and a second UCLA professor. That professor is unharmed.

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Sarkar graduated from UCLA in 2013 and moved to Minnesota, LAPD chief Charlie Beck said in a press conference today. Police visited the woman’s home Thursday morning, in a town near where Sarkar had settled, and found her dead from a gunshot wound, Beck added.

On his now-deleted blog, Sarkar, a former doctoral student, accused Klug of “stealing” his computer code, an accusation a university source told the L.A. Times was “absolutely psychotic.”

Update, 2:45 p.m.:

The slain woman in Minnesota has been identified by her neighbors as Ashley Hasti of Brooklyn Park. Hasti died prior to the UCLA shooting, police said; she was currently enrolled at University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Los Angeles police officers on the UCLA campus June 1 following the shooting. Photo via AP

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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The guy shot the woman and then travelled from Minnesota to LA to shoot the professor. That’s a whole lot of premeditation.

Thinking back to some of the unstable students who have been in my research group and have since fallen off the grid.....