The Latest: Police say UCLA killer took bus to campus

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 10:10 PM
The Latest: Police say UCLA killer took bus to campus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the murder-suicide at UCLA (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

Los Angeles police say a man who drove from Minnesota to kill his college professor at UCLA finished his deadly journey by bus.

Authorities say Mainak Sarkar (MY'-nahk SUR'-kahr) had lived nearby several years ago and knew the bus route to the University of California, Los Angeles where he killed engineering professor William Klug on Wednesday and then shot himself.

His car was found parked in his old neighborhood Friday by a bicyclist.

A bomb squad found no explosives but police say a handgun and cans of gasoline were in the trunk.

The gas apparently was there so Sarkar didn't have to stop for fuel on his trip from Minnesota, where he killed his estranged wife some days ago.

His car was spotted in Denver a day before the UCLA killing.

Police Capt. William Hayes says Sarkar apparently held a grudge against Klug for several years but it's unclear what triggered his deadly attacks this week.

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3:40 p.m.

Police believe officers have found the car of the gunman who fatally shot his estranged wife in Minnesota then drove to Los Angeles to kill a UCLA professor and himself.

Police Capt. Andrew Neiman said Friday a gray 2003 Nissan Sentra with Minnesota license plates is parked on a residential street on the city's west side. They believe it belongs to gunman Mainak Sarkar (MY'-nahk SUR'-kahr).

Neiman says the bomb squad plans to sweep the car as a precaution to make sure there are no explosives inside before other officers examine the vehicle further.

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2:25 p.m.

Minnesota authorities have officially identified a woman found dead during the investigation of this week's UCLA murder-suicide as the wife of campus gunman Mainak Sarkar (MY'-nahk SUR'-kahr).

The Hennepin County medical examiner says the body found Thursday in a Brooklyn Park residence was 31-year-old Ashley Erin Hasti and she died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say Hasti was legally married to Sarkar but had been separated for some time and lived separately.

Officers found a broken window where they believe Sarkar entered Hasti's home to commit the crime. Police say they had no previous calls concerning Hasti or Sarkar.

Sarkar fatally shot his former UCLA professor, Bill Klug, to death on Wednesday and then killed himself.

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10:45 a.m.

A relative says a Minnesota woman who was killed by her estranged husband before he fatally shot a UCLA professor was a world traveler and close to becoming a doctor.

Jean Johnson, the grandmother of victim Ashley Hasti, said Friday that Hasti was smart and spent her late teens and early 20s visiting China, India and Tibet.

She spoke fluent Chinese and knew French. She also dabbled in stand-up comedy.

Johnson said the 31-year-old Hasti was a year away from finishing medical school at the University of Minnesota and hoped to work with children.

Johnson said Hasti met Mainak Sarkar while she was studying at Scripps College in Claremont, California, in 2009 and 2010, when he was a student at UCLA.

Hasti was found dead in her Twin Cities-area home on Thursday, a day after her estranged husband, Mainak Sarkar, gunned down a UCLA professor on the school's campus before killing himself.