A disgrunted Ph.D. student shot and killed his professor at UCLA on Wednesday after accusing him of stealing his computer coding, police told the Los Angeles Times.
Mainak Sarkar shot and killed Prof. William Klug inside an engineering building before turning the gun on himself. According to the Times, Sarkar called Klug a “very sick person” in a since-deleted blog post, writing that he could not be trusted. Klug had been Sarkar’s adviser at the UCLA engineering school and “expressed gratitude to Klug for his help and support” in a 2013 doctoral dissertation, the Times reports.
Sarkar earned his master’s degree at Stanford after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, according to a LinkedIn account in his name.
CBS News reports that police said Sarkar used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and had no known criminal history. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said that found what could be considered a suicide note but "we do not know at this point." TMZ reports that the note did not mention Klug.