The UCLA shooter kept a ‘kill list’–and a woman on it just suffered a cruel twist of fate

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Last week’s UCLA murder-suicide that had the school on lock-down for hours took on a more sinister twist when it was discovered that the gunman left behind a “kill list” and a note that would have tragic consequences for a woman almost two thousand miles away who was on the list.

Mainak Sarkar, 38, killed UCLA professor William Klug — he had accused the professor of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else — before turning the gun on himself.

A second professor was also on the list, but was not on campus when a heavily armed Sarkar turned up, the Los Angeles Times reported:

But fate would be far more cruel to the woman in Minnesota, Ashley Hasti, who turned out to be Sarkar’s estranged wife — the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that the two were married by a justice of peace in 2011 and split about a year later, but never divorced.

Investigators found a note from Sarkar listing his home address in Minnesota and asking someone to “check on my cat,” the Times reported.

“Immediately we were highly suspicious,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told The Times. “That made me uneasy about what we would find when we got to Minnesota.”

Beck said the day after the incident that authorities believe Hasti was shot “within the last couple of days.”

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