Police Find UCLA Shooter’s Car in Culver City
Los Angeles police shut down several blocks of Washington Place near Sawtelle Boulevard on Friday after finding the car that UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar had driven here from Minnesota before killing UCLA engineering professor William Klug and himself on the campus on June 1.
An inspection of the vehicle turned up a handgun and several gasoline containers, which investigators believe Sarkar used to avoid stopping for fuel during the drive from Minnesota after killing his wife.
Even though police did not think there were explosives inside the car, members of LAPD’s Bomb Squad swept the vehicle because police “didn’t want to take any chances,” LAPD Chief of Detectives Matt Blake said.
Police confirmed that the gray 2003 Nissan Sentra with Minnesota plates had belonged to Sarkar during a Friday press conference at Minerva Avenue and Washington Place in Mar Vista, about three blocks west of where the car had been parked.
LAPD officers found a Culver City bus transfer in one of Sarkar’s pockets after he killed Klug, an El Segundo resident and volunteer Little League coach there, and turned the gun on himself. The bus transfer led officers to look for his car in Culver City, Blake said.
During a search of Sarkar’s Minnesota home, police found a “kill list” that named Klug, another UCLA professor and Sarkar’s wife Ashley Hasti, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in their home on June 2.
Police shut down the UCLA campus for three hours on the morning of June 1 before finding Klug and Sarkar dead in an engineering department building. Sarkar had accused Klug of stealing his intellectual property and giving it to another student.
— Gary Walker
Firefighters Douse 90 Freeway Blaze
Los Angeles and Culver City firefighters quickly extinguished a nighttime brush fire last Thursday along the Marina (90) Freeway near the Centinela Avenue exit.
There were no reported injuries or damage to structures.
A roughly four-acre brush fire shut down the 90 near Mindanao Way in June 2014.
— Mia Duncans
Gigi Gorgeous Inaugurates Venice Pride
YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous was the surprise celebrity guest that joined Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin on Friday to launch the inaugural Venice Pride celebration by throwing the switch to re-light the Venice sign in a rainbow of color.
Born Gregory Allan Lazzarato, Gigi Gorgeous is an actor and makeup artist noted for publicly coming out as a transgender woman while maintaining her YouTube channel — which now has more than 2.2 million subscribers — during and after her transition.
Thousands gathered throughout the weekend for Venice Pride activities organized by local restaurateur Daniel Samakow, Venice activist Grant Turck and Venice Chamber of Commerce Vice President George Francisco.
— Joe Piasecki