There was a suicide in a University of Central Florida (UCF) dorm yesterday, and the dorm was evacuated when two firearms and some sort of “IEDs” were claimed to have been found with the body. Students were allowed to return once the bomb squad removed the alleged devices.
Authorities have claimed that the shooter’s name is James Oliver Seevakumaran, and that he planned to carry out a mass murder that somehow got screwed up when the authorities came faster than he intended:
According to UCF police chief Richard Beary, additional information, including notes, were found in the room, making it appear that Seevakumaran had plans to make an attack on the campus and had laid out a timeline on how he planned to kill people.
Police said it appeared his timeline had been thrown off when authorities responded to a fire alarm call quicker than he expected.
Officials said Seevakumaran’s death was caused by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said they speculate Seevakumaran pulled the fire alarm himself to get students to evacuate in one area and his roommate’s 911 call made the response to the fire alarm faster, prompting him to shoot himself.
Beary said Seevakumaran’s roommate had called 911 to report Seevakumaran had pointed a gun at him when he walked out of his room after the fire alarm went off. Another roommate was out of town and the third roommate had left the apartment immediately when the alarm was set off, prior to Seevakumaran producing his gun, the station reports.
The police then go on to make an interesting claim:
The two guns found in the dorm room, including an American-Tech tactical .22 caliber rifle, were purchased at an unnamed Orlando gun store. A backpack of four improvised explosive devices and hundreds of rounds of ammo were also found, according to Julie Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, WKMG reports.
I don’t claim to know of every gun ever manufactured, but I’m relatively current on most modern rifles made in the United States, and I’ve never even heard of “American Tech” rifles. A quick Google search suggests that no such company exists.
One suspects that the authorities are actually talking about one of the American Tactical .22LR MP-5 “clones”, which are made to look like famous firearms (including fake suppressors, etc), while being no more or less lethal than any other .22LR training rifle.
I’ll also be very interested to see if the “IEDs” are legitimate high explosives, or just inexpensive, low-explosive tannerite that you can get on eBay.
I believe authorities when they say Seevakumaran intended to commit mass murder. I just doubt his capabilities as much as I do their reporting.