UCLA shooter linked to Brooklyn Park death

ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul man who carried out a murder-suicide at UCLA left a "kill list" at his home -- and that led authorities to a woman's body in Brooklyn Park.

ST. PAUL - The St. Paul man who carried out a murder-suicide at UCLA left a “kill list” at his home - and that led authorities to a woman’s body in Brooklyn Park.

Mainak Sarkar, 38, drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two semi-automatic guns and killed Professor William Klug before killing himself Wednesday, according to Los Angeles authorities.

When law enforcement officials searched Sarkar’s North End home in St. Paul, they found a “kill list” with the names of Klug, another UCLA professor and a woman. The woman was found Thursday, shot dead in her Brooklyn Park home. The other professor is unharmed, said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

The woman was identified Thursday as Ashley Hasti by neighbor in Brooklyn Park who asked not to be identified. A 31-year-old woman with that name is listed as living at the house.

Sarkar’s dispute with Klug appears to be tied to Sarkar thinking the professor released intellectual property that harmed him, according to L.A. authorities.


Meanwhile, at a press conference Thursday, Brooklyn Park Police Deputy Chief Mark Bruley said officials believe the woman found dead in the Brooklyn Park home was killed before the UCLA shooting took place. They believe she died from a gunshot wound.

Bruley did not disclose her relationship to Sarkar.

Police discovered her body after authorities in California asked them to do a welfare check at the residence.

An incident report said St. Paul officers assisted another law enforcement agency with executing a search warrant at an apartment at 1052 Agate St. on Wednesday, and St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders confirmed.

A suspicious package was found in a car near the building, and the St. Paul police bomb squad responded to “render it safe,” Linders said.

The St. Paul incident report indicates police were at the building from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 12:53 a.m. Thursday.

Ashley Hasti enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Medical School in 2012, according University officials. Hasti was slated to attend classes during this summer’s term.

Hasti graduated from the university’s undergraduate program in 2008 with a degree in Asian languages and literature.


Hasti previously also attended school at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. A spokesman there said she was enrolled as a part-time student from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2012. She did not earn a degree from the school.

Sarkar is listed on a UCLA website as a member the Klug Research Group in Computational Biomechanics at UCLA, according to a Klug Research Group publication.

The attack appeared to be provoked by Sarkar's belief that Klug had stolen computer code from him, according to a March blog post by a person with the same name of Sarkar.

“Your enemy is your enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm,” the blog post reads. “Be careful about whom you trust. Stay away from this sick guy.”

Los Angeles law enforcement officials said UCLA asserts it was all in Sarkar’s imagination.

Sarkar, who graduated from UCLA in 2013, had also graduated from Stanford University. Minnesota court records show traffic and parking offenses, but no criminal cases. A parking citation from Apple Valley in November and a case from 2006 indicated Sarkar listed the Agate Street apartment in St. Paul as his address. Seatbelt and parking violations from 2014 showed a Minneapolis address for Sarkar.

Sarakr worked as a engineering analyst for Endurica LLC based out of Ohio for less than two years until he left in August of 2014, according to an employee with the company.

Sarkar’s name was listed on a mailbox at the St. Paul apartment building at Cook Avenue and Agate Street.


“It’s very scary,” said a woman whose boyfriend lives across the hall when she heard from a reporter Thursday about Sarkar’s alleged role in the UCLA and Brooklyn Park shootings.

The woman, who would only identify herself as Stacy, said she had noticed Sarkar in the building in the last month and last saw him about a week ago. He was headed to his apartment, she said “hi” to him and he nodded his head.

Stacy said she used to see cats wandering around the building and she believed they were Sarkar’s because he would leave his apartment door cracked.

Klug, of El Segundo, Calif.,was a father of two and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

The shooting at UCLA triggered a huge police response until authorities determined there was no continuing threat.

Reporters Sarah Horner and Richard Chin of the Pioneer Press, a Forum News Service media partner, and Reuters contributed to this report.

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