UCF Suicide Case Planned Wider Attack
'Anti-social' ex-student had assault weapon, explosives
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
In this undated photograph released by the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., shows shows James Seevakumaran.   (AP Photo/Florida Highway Patrol)

(Newser) – The man who killed himself at the University of Central Florida today was a former student who had planned to open fire in his school dorm, the Orlando Sentinel reports. UCF Police Chief Richard Beary identified him as James Seevakumaran, 30, and said writings in his room laid out "a planned attack. It could have been a very bad day for everyone here." Officers discovered homemade explosives, a handgun, an assault rifle, and a 28-round magazine in his room.

Police say Seevakumaran may have pulled the fire alarm on the campus' Tower 1 in order to shoot at students as they fled. But he changed his mind and killed himself in his room instead—possibly because the sound of police scared him off. "When people are on a mission, it doesn't take much confusion to alter that," said Beary. Seevakumaran owed money for this semester and was no longer enrolled, but UCF had let him stay temporarily out of compassion. A roommate said he was "anti-social" but showed no prior signs of violence.

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Smitty6398
Mar 19, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
Wonder who he called ?? OH !! A good guy with a gun; surprise, surprise !! It's not the gun, it's the HAND on the gun !!
Twiny
Mar 19, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
What the hell is wrong with all of you people? Hindu, Muslim, what difference does it make? The man was sick. Mentally unbalanced, as evidenced by his suicide. There is no evidence that he was a religious extremist. He was a mentally ill man who lost himself in a sick dream and fortunately for us, lost his nerve and killed himself rather than a bunch of students.
crafter67
Mar 19, 2013 9:22 AM CDT
I guess we should thank him for killing only himself...