Body, Explosives Found in Florida Dorm Room

Man dead in apparent suicide at University of Central Florida

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2013 6:37 AM CDT | Updated Mar 18, 2013 11:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – The University of Central Florida cancelled morning classes and evacuated roughly 500 students from a dorm today after police found explosive devices while investigating an apparent suicide on campus; a rep for the school says the dead male was a student at the university. Police were called to the campus' Tower 1 at 12:20am today when a fire alarm went off, and received a call about a man with a gun while en route, the AP reports.

They found a man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, along with an assault weapon, a handgun, and explosives. The body was found in one of the dorm's suites, which is comprised of a kitchen/living area and four bedrooms. "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," says the rep, who noted the dead man had three roommates. Classes resume at noon.

Various police agencies are seen during an investigation at the University of Central Florida, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.
Various police agencies are seen during an investigation at the University of Central Florida, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
University of Central Florida students wait outside the college sports arena after explosive devices were found in a nearby dorm, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.
University of Central Florida students wait outside the college sports arena after explosive devices were found in a nearby dorm, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm after explosive devices were found while investigating a death in the dorm, Monday, March 18, 2013.
University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm after explosive devices were found while investigating a death in the dorm, Monday, March 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center.
University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center, after explosive devices were found by authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a student.
University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center, after explosive devices were found by authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a student.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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