UCF attack plotter wanted to ‘give them hell’
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The former student behind an aborted attack plot at a Florida university was working off a checklist that included plans to get drunk, pull a fire alarm and then “give them hell,” authorities said Tuesday.
James Oliver Seevakumaran was crossing items off his list ahead of his planned attack on classmates with guns and homemade explosives, University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary said at a news conference.
The list, found along with his dead body early Monday, included drinking at a bar near campus and pulling the fire alarm — which investigators believe was meant to flush out victims. Beary says the final item was “give them hell.”
Instead, Seevakumaran shot and killed himself as police officers arrived in response to the fire alarm and a 911 call from a roommate. Beary says authorities confirmed he had gone earlier to the bar and drank.
At the time of the attack, packages were waiting for Seevakumaran at a campus mailroom containing two 22-round magazines and a sling for his rifle and a firearms training DVD, officials said Tuesday.
Investigators have also said they found an assault rifle, handgun, high capacity ammunition drums, hundreds of bullets and four makeshift explosives in a backpack near his body.
Beary said authorities still aren’t aware of a motive or significant circumstance that led Seevakumaran to plan for an attack. The chief said no written explanation was left.
More details emerged Tuesday about Seevakumaran’s solitary lifestyle. Seevakumaran’s family said he was a loner who didn’t have a history of violence in a brief statement released by authorities. Beary told the news conference that he acted alone and didn’t have any friends.
“He didn’t like to talk to people,” Beary said.
The roommate who called 911 said Seevakumaran rarely left the dorm apartment, according to a dispatcher’s notes. The caller also said Seevakumaran had pulled a gun on him.
In an interview with student publication Knightly News, Arabo “BK” Babakhani identified himself as the roommate who called 911. He said he slammed the door on Seevakumaran after seeing the gun and hid behind furniture.
Babakhani said Seevakumaran avoided eye contact, never had visitors to the dorm and never was seen talking to anyone on a cellphone.
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