Update: UCF Police: Dead Student Was Planning Attack On Campus
Update 6:55 pm: University of Central Florida officials revealed the student found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound was planning an attack on the campus.
Police discovered improvised explosives, a handgun and a rifle in the dorm where they found 30-year old James Seevakumaran’s body.
Police were responding to a fire alarm not long after midnight when one of Seevakumaran’s roommates called 911 to report a weapon had been pointed at him. UCF Police chief Richard Beary said officers rescued the roommate, then discovered Seevakumaran dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They also found a handgun, a tactical rifle, a couple hundred rounds of ammunition and a backpack with four improvised explosive devices.
“We found some notes and some writings that indicated this was a planned attack. This individual had laid out a timeline," Beary said.
Officials say Seevakumaran had been a business major through fall last year, but he had not paid for this semester and was in the process of being removed from his dorm in tower one. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are helping local law enforcement with the investigation.
Classes have resumed at the University of Central Florida in Orlando after explosives were found in a student’s dorm room early Monday.
Authorities found the student in his dorm room dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also found an assault weapon, handgun and improvised explosive devices there.
The dorm was evacuated. Kathryn Wood, a junior , says some students slept at the university's sports arena.
"There's kids just like laid out over the UCF logo just trying to take naps with pillows and blankets and it reminded of scenes from that cruise ship incident of people just trying to find any place to sleep," she said.
Morning classes were cancelled. Authorities still have not identified the deceased student.