The Latest: Police Believe They Have Found UCLA gunman’s Car
LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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.
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.
Meanwhile, Minnesota authorities have officially identified the woman found dead during the investigation of this week's UCLA murder-suicide as the wife of Mainak Sarkar.
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.
Jean Johnson, the grandmother of Hasti, said she 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 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.
Sarkar fatally shot his former UCLA professor, Bill Klug, to death on Wednesday and then killed himself.