UCLA Student Shot And Killed Professor Over Grades, Sources Say

Published June 2, 2016

YouTube/ATI Composite William Klug; the UCLA campus in the aftermath of the shooting.

The student involved in yesterday’s UCLA shooting may have shot and killed a professor over grades, CBS News reported.

Yesterday at around 10 a.m. PST, a gunman believed to be a student drew fire in a murder-suicide at a UCLA engineering building, according to local KTLA news.

Furthermore, law enforcement reportedly told local CBS-owned KNX news radio that the student was “apparently despondent about grades”:


CBS News identified the deceased professor as William Klug, 39, who specialized in computational mechanics. The name of the deceased student, whom sources believe was also the shooter, has not yet been released.

According to KNBC, Klug was “in an office inside Boelter Hall on the Westwood campus before 10 a.m. when he was reportedly shot and killed by an unidentified student who then took his own life.”

The university was on lockdown yesterday and has since cancelled all engineering classes for the rest of the week.

Meanwhile, students mourn the loss of their professor. “I’m just outraged,” a student who knew Klug told KNBC. “I’m mad that someone would do that to a young professor who just started his career…it’s just a shame.”

Next, read the sobering statistics on gun violence.

Abby Norman
Abby Norman is a writer based in New England, currently writing a memoir for Nation Books. Her work has been featured on The Rumpus, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Medium, Seventeen, Romper, Bustle, and Quartz.
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