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Police: UCF student planned campus attack

- The Washington Times - Monday, March 18, 2013

A college student armed with explosives and several weapons had planned to launch a large-scale attack on his Orlando, Fla., campus early Monday, but killed himself before the plan could be put into action, authorities said.

James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 1 a.m. in his dorm room at the 51,000-student Orlando campus of the University of Central Florida, authorities said. No one else was hurt.

The incident began at about midnight when Seevakumaran pulled a gun on one of his roommates, who called police and hid in a bathroom, university police said. About that time, Seevakumaran pulled a fire alarm, apparently to get other students out in the open.

About 500 students were evacuated from the dorm and an adjacent parking garage was closed. The campus reopened at about noon, NBC News reported.

In the dorm room, officers recovered a .45 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber tactical weapon, four homemade explosive devices and hundeds of rounds of ammunition rounds, which were all found near the body, police said. Notes and writings found in the dorm room indicate that Seevakumaran had a timeline of violence planned.

"This individual had laid out a timeline and laid out some of what we feel were going to be his actions," university Police Chief Richard Beary said. "We're pretty confident the fast response and some other situations maybe made him change his mind. At that point, he took his own life."

Seevakumaran was not enrolled at UCF for the current semester, but he was still living in the dorm pending his removal.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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