ORLANDO, Fla. - James Oliver Seevakumaran, who police say planned to go on a shooting rampage at UCF before killing himself, had a check list, according to police. The last item read: "Give them hell," according to the Orlando Sentinel.
UCF Police Chief Richard Beary released new details about Monday's narrowly- avoided massacre at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
Beary said a check list was discovered that apparently showed Seevakumaran's plan to launch an attack on the school after pulling a fire alarm lever.
That item was far down on the list and was the last to be executed before the 30-year-old former student killed himself.
Police also released video from a helmet-cam showing officers searching the dorm room where they found Seevakumaran's body. The video shows the discovery being made followed by a call for emergency backup.
A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. But he instead put a bullet in his head as police closed in.
James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, was found dead in his dorm room at the 51,000-student Orlando campus of the University of Central Florida. No one else was hurt.
On Tuesday, the family of James Oliver Seevakumaran released a statement which read, "James was a loner and did not have a history of violence."
"His timeline got off," university Police Chief Richard Beary said. "We think the rapid response of law enforcement may have changed his ability to think quickly on his feet."
Seevakumaran is a graduate of Seminole High School. Neighbors on the street where he likely once lived expressed shock and concern that they might have once crossed paths.
Some 500 students were evacuated from the building in the middle of the night, unaware how narrowly they had escaped what could have been another Virginia Tech-style bloodbath.
"It could have been a very bad day here for everybody. All things considered, I think we were very blessed here," Beary said. "Anybody armed with this type of weapon and ammunition could have hurt a lot of people here, particularly in a crowded area as people were evacuating."
Police shed no light on a motive, but university spokesman Grant Heston said that before the episode, the school was in the process of removing Seevakumaran from the dormitory because he hadn't enrolled for the current semester. He had never been seen by university counselors and had no disciplinary problems with other students, Heston said.
Detectives found notes and other writings that indicated Seevakumaran had carefully planned an attack and "laid out a timeline of where he was going to be and what he was going to do," Beary said.
The episode began early Monday, just after midnight, when Seevakumaran pulled a gun on one of his roommates, who holed up in a bathroom and called police, Beary said. Around the same time, Seevakumaran pulled a fire alarm, apparently to get other students out in the open, the police chief said.
In his room, investigators found four makeshift explosive devices in a backpack, a .45-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber tactical rifle, and a couple of hundred rounds of ammunition, police said. Beary said it appears his weapon and ammunition purchases began in February.
Antonio Whitehead, 21, said he heard the fire alarm go off in the dorm and thought it was a routine event.
"All of a sudden, I felt the crowd move a little faster. And a police officer with a machine gun or something told everyone to start moving a lot faster," he said.
Seevakumaran had attended the university from 2010 through the fall semester as a business student. His roommates told detectives that he had shown antisocial behavior but had never shown any violent tendencies, Beary said.
According to Florida records, his only adult arrest in the state was in 2006 for driving with a suspended license.
Morning classes were canceled, but most campus operations resumed around noon.
Associated Press writers Mike Schneider in Orlando and Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed to this report.
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