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Florida university student had planned wider attack prior to suicide

University of Central Florida student James Oliver Seevakumaran had planned larger attack in the dorm before police responded.

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Tower 1 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where a man was found dead surrounded by explosive devices and weapons on March 18. (Briana (Breezy) Baldwin /Wikimedia commons)

University of Central Florida student James Oliver Seevakumaran had reportedly planned a wider attack before police responded to a 911 call placed by his roommate, prompting a police response that appears to have thwarted his plan.

Seevakumaran committed suicide early on March 18th in his Orlando dorm room with a firearm shot, wrote the Associated Press. His body was found surrounded by two guns, hundreds of ammunition rounds, and a backpack stuffed with explosive devices.

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The 30-year-old Seevakumaran was a "former student" according to the Orlando Sentinel but was still living on campus when he planned the attack, and reportedly pulled a fire alarm in an effort to alarm students, who he then planned to kill.

Seevakumaran pulled a gun on one of his roommates who managed to lock himself in a bathroom and phone 911, added the Sentinel, an action that may have contributed to Seevakumaran's decision to commit suicide instead of carrying out his attack plans.

"It could have been a very bad day for everyone here,"University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary said to the Sentinel. "Let's just face it: One shooting is bad enough. Multiples is unthinkable."

"I've been here almost 7 years and nothing identical to this. We've had a few cases of deceased persons in our dorm rooms either suicides or overdoses, things like that," said Florida Gulf Coast University Chief of Police Steven Moore, according to Fox 4 Now, speaking of worry about a similar incident at his own school.