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KILLER'S CAR FOUND IN CULVER

CCPD Shuts Down Washington Place During Investigation

 

Ron Peterson

Police examine UCLA killer's car after LAPD Bomb Squad gives the all clear.

The car belonging to the Gunman who shot Professor William Klug at UCLA last Wednesday was found on Washington Place in Culver City. Mainak Sarkar reportedly shot and killed his wife in Minnesota then drove to Culver City where he dumped his car in the neighborhood where he lived in the Culver City area.

Police believe he walked down to Sepulveda Blvd where he took Culver CityBus Line 6 up Sepulveda Blvd to UCLA where he shot the professor and then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Police found a Culver CityBus pass in his pocket.

The car was a 2003 gray Nissan Sentra, with Minnesota license plate 720KTW. A local resident on a bicycle spotted the car Friday morning and contacted police. Police arrived in the early afternoon.

Concerned that the car might we rigged with explosives Culver City Police shut down the streets in the area and assisted LAPD who handled the investigation.

The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad arrived on the scene and approached the car with bomb-sniffing dogs.

Police officers removed cans from the trunk that contained gasoline. They speculate Sarkar didn't want to leave a trail of gas purchases before he arrived in Los Angeles. They also found an additional handgun in the car.

Ron Peterson

Police prepare to load car onto flatbed truck for further forensic examination.

A license plate reader picked up Sarkar in Denver on his way to Los Angeles.

Police found Sarkar's estranged wife, Ashley Hasti, 31, in her Brooklyn Park, Minn., home early Thursday. She died of gunshot wounds.

The university was locked down most of Wednesday with tens of thousands of students and teachers "sheltering in place" as SWAT teams flooded the engineering building where the shooting took place. Two elementary schools and a middle school in the area were also placed on lockdown for the protection of those on campus.

Sarkar reportedly was targeting a second yet unnamed professor that day; however that professor was not on the campus the day of the shooting.

Preliminary ballistics reports show the same gun was used in both murders.

 

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