James Seevakumaran identified as UCF student found dead with bombs, rifles and weapons
A former University of Central Florida student found dead in his dorm room of an apparent suicide, alongside weapons and a backpack of bombs, planned a larger attack, officials said Monday.
School spokesman Grant Heston identified the student as 30-year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran.
He was at the university from fall 2010 through fall 2012 but was not enrolled for the spring semester and was in the process of being removed from the dorm room where he lived.
“While the crime scene processing was under way in that room, we found some notes and some writings that indicated that this was a planned attack,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary told reporters.
“There is no ongoing threat. What we’re dealing with now is the improvised explosive devices — removing those and making them safe,” said campus spokesman Grant Heston.
Officials announced that the Orlando campus, which was shut down through the morning, is reopening at noon EDT. All explosive devices will be removed from Tower 1 before then, officials said.
UCF Police say Seevakumaran, pulled a fire alarm to get people out in the open, planning to open fire on the students.
Police believe rapid response from law enforcement made him rethink is plan.
The weapons found are to be sent to the FBI for analysis. The rifle was an American tactical rifle. Police say Seevakumaran also had four improvised explosive devices in a bag, and a couple hundred rounds of ammunition.