A planned massacre was thwarted today at the University of Central Florida where a student took his own life as police officials closed in on him.
A 30-year-old man who was in the process of being kicked out of his dorm at Tower 1 on the UCF campus had written out a timeline and elaborate plan.
He had outlined how to harm the greatest number of individuals during the planned attack, according to university Police Chief Richard Beary.
He had assembled hundreds of rounds of ammunition and homemade bombs in what was clearly a plan to claim as many people’s lives as possible.
Shortly after midnight, James Oliver Seevakumaran pulled the fire alarm at the Tower 1 hall, then went back into his apartment to get his weapons.
While police were responding to the fire alarm call at the dorm, Seevakumaran’s roommate called 911 to say that he had pointed a gun at him.
The roommate fled, ran to the bathroom and lock himself inside.
Police believe that James Oliver Seevakumaran planned to go out into the hallway as students evacuated and fire the weapons and detonate bombs.
Instead, police arrived at the suspect’s apartment in Tower 1 with the knowledge that there was a report of a man with a gun. Beary said that officers were armed.
They freed the roommate from the bathroom and a surprising turn of events, found Seevakumaran dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“What we think is his timeline got off, the rapid response of law enforcement maybe have changed his ability to think quickly on his feet,” Beary said.
The roommate told police that Seevakumaran, whose family lives in Florida, had exhibited some anti-social behavior but he’d never seen him act iolently.
He had been enrolled as a student at UCF from fall 2010 to fall 2012. He did not enroll in 2013, and the university was in the process of moving him out.
A spokesman said UCF takes a “compassionate” position toward students that are no longer enrolled, instead of forcing them off campus immediately.
Police said that Seevakumaran obtained the weapons at an Orlando area gun shop, and that he began amassing ammunition in early February.
Classes resumed at the UCF after police removed the bombs and an assault weapon from a dorm. The campus was reopened around noon.
A bomb squad from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department removed the explosive devices; students were evacuated from the residence hall in question.
“University police responded immediately when we received a fire alarm call and a subsequent 911 call,” Beary said in a statement released by the school.
“The safety of our students and our entire campus community is our top priority.”