Hundreds of students were evacuated from a University of Central Florida dormitory on Monday morning after the police found explosive devices while investigating the apparent suicide of a student, the Orlando Sentinel reported. A campus spokesman told the Associated Press that there was no immediate threat to the campus.
A statement on the university’s Web site said that the campus police received a fire-alarm call shortly after midnight on Monday. While responding to that call, the police received another 911 call regarding a man with a gun. When the police arrived, they found a victim who had died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; during their investigation, the police found weapons, including improvised explosive devices. Students were evacuated from the building, and a nearby parking garage was also closed. The parking garage has since been reopened.
The university closed its main campus while police officers investigated the incident, and campus officials called off classes and normal operations until noon. The campus spokesman said the local sheriff’s office and the FBI were assisting in an investigation of the incident.
Update (3/18/2013, 6:54 p.m.): Authorities say that the suicide, James Oliver Seevakumaran, was a 30-year-old dropout who had planned an attack on the campus but committed suicide before he could do so. His plans unraveled when he drew a gun on another student, who called the police. Mr. Seevakumaran shot himself as the police arrived. Investigators found two guns in his dorm room, along with four improvised explosive devices and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.Return to Top