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    University of Central Florida Finds Bombs, Guns and Body in Dorm

    University of Central Florida Finds Bombs, Guns and Body in Dorm

    By COLLEEN CURRY
    March 18, 2013

    Homemade bombs, guns and a dead body found inside a dorm at the University of Central Florida early this morning have caused the school to cancel classes and evacuate nearby dorm residents.

    Police are investigating the death of a student who they believe died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They are also investigating and removing several bombs and weapons that were found nearby, according to information released by the university.

    Campus police received a fire alarm call to the school's Tower 1 residence hall around 12:20 a.m. today, according to the university. When officers responded to that call, they received an additional emergency call about a man with a gun.

    When they arrived, police said they found the man, now identified as a student, already deceased from the gunshot wound. Police evacuated the residence hall and a nearby parking garage.

    Investigators then found a handgun, an assault weapon, and several improvised explosive devices nearby. Police did not say whether the weapons were found in the garage or Tower 1.

    A bomb squad from the Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating the explosive devices, and officers from the sheriff's office, FBI, and campus police are looking into the man's death, according to the school.

    Police have not yet released the identity of the deceased man.

    "University police responded immediately when we received a fire alarm call and a subsequent 911 call," Police Chief Richard Beary said in a statement released by the school. "The safety of our students in Tower 1 and our entire campus community is our top priority."

    Students who were evacuated from their dorm rooms in the Tower 1 residence hall will be housed at the UCF Arena until they are allowed back into their rooms, the school said.

    Classes will resume on the rest of campus at noon today.

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    CBS/AP/ March 18, 2013, 1:01 PM

    Body, guns, explosives found in Fla. college dorm

    Updated 1:51 p.m. ET

    ORLANDO, Fla. A college student killed himself in a dorm at the University of Central Florida and authorities found explosives and guns in the room early Monday, authorities said, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of students and cancellation of morning classes.

    University spokesman Grant Heston said normal campus operations resumed around noon after the makeshift devices were taken away from the dorm, which remained closed.


    Authorities didn't immediately say what the student's intentions may have been.


    "Obviously you never want somebody to commit suicide, but knowing what we know about what was in his room, we feel better at least that no one else was hurt," Heston said.


    University police were called to the dorm around 12:20 a.m. after a fire alarm went off, Heston said. While they were on their way to the scene, a 911 call came in about a man with a gun.


    Arriving officers found a man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a residence at the Tower 1 dorm. Heston said the man was a student at the university.


    Heston said the dorm has suites, with a main kitchen and living area, along with four bedrooms. The dead man was inside one of the rooms. Inside the room, Heston said, police also found what they described as an assault weapon, a handgun and makeshift explosive devices. Florida law prohibits the possession of guns on state university campuses.


    He said the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are helping with the investigation. The sheriff's bomb squad was examining the explosive devices Monday morning.


    "It's unnerving, for sure," one young woman told CBS Affiliate WKMG. "Definitely not used to it, especially living on campus. You hear about that a lot living off campus, but it's especially rare living on campus."


    About 500 students were evacuated from the dorm, and Heston said it would remain closed until authorities give an all-clear on the building.


    On Monday morning, flashing signs around the campus alerted students and staff about the canceled classes. Campus shuttle buses were lined up about a half-mile from campus, with drivers standing by once the campus opens. The university's main campus in Orlando has about 51,000 students.


    Antonio Whitehead, 21, a junior from Hollywood, Fla., said he heard the fire alarm go off after midnight and thought it was a routine alarm. He headed outside where he saw a crowd already heading across the street from the dorm.


    "All of a sudden, I felt the crowd move a little faster. And a police officer with a machine gun or something told everyone to start moving a lot faster," he said.


    Whitehead, who has lived in the dorm for two years, said the students were moved to an open area about 1,000 feet from UCF Arena. The area is a busy section of the campus, with restaurants and shops nearby.


    Grant Hernandez, 20, a sophomore from Orlando who also is a resident at the dorm, said he woke up sometime after midnight when police were evacuating the building.


    "We weren't allowed to get our cars. We weren't allowed to get our personal effects," Hernandez said.


    "All we saw were people running, and they were not telling us what was going on," he added. "We were left unsure of things. It wasn't till about 6 o'clock that we got more information and a clearer picture of what was going on." He said officers on the scene began providing more information, and students checked updates on the university's website.


    A statement there said the UCF Arena would open to accommodate displaced students. Counselors would be available to talk to students who need assistance.


    The Tower 1 dorm is part of the school's popular Towers at Knight Plaza apartment building complex, according to UCF's website. Tower 1 has seven floors. The typical apartment layout has four bedroom and two bathrooms, the website says. Heston said the student who died had three roommates.

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    The deceased, identified as James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30 . . .

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    . . . Beary said a roommate described Seevakumaran as someone who had "anti-social" tendencies but not as someone he suspected of violence nor someone known to have weapons.

    Seevakumaran lived on the third story of the dorm.

    Police suspect Seevakumaran pulled a fire alarm in Tower 1 and planned to injure other students as they evacuated, Beary said. But for some reason, he changed his mind and returned to his room and killed himself.

    UCF officials said Seevakumaran had not paid the university for this semester and was no longer an enrolled student. But UCF tried to take a "compassionate approach" and not immediately remove him from the campus residence.

    Beary said the deceased had three roommates but one was out of state for the weekend and was not home. One called police from the dorm bathroom and the other fled when the fire alarm went off . . .

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