College Student Appeared to be Planning Attack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A University of Central Florida spokesman says it appeared that a student who committed suicide there planned an attack on campus.
Spokesman Grant Heston says that materials found in the dorm room made it appear that a wider attack was planned.
Police say he pulled a gun on another student, who then called police.
Heston says the university was in the process of removing the 30-year-old student from the dorm before Monday. Campus Police Chief Richard Beary say four makeshift explosive devices were found in a back pack. Beary says he believes that the dead student pulled a fire alarm in the dorm to get other students out in the open for an attack.
The student was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound with guns and the explosives.
The explosive devices have been safely removed from the building and classes have resumed.
University police were called to the dorm around 12:20 a.m. Monday, after a fire alarm went off, UCF spokesman Grant Heston said. While they were on their way to the scene, a 911 call came in about a man with a gun.
Arriving officers found a man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a residence at the Tower 1 dorm. Heston said the man was a student at the university.
Heston said the dorm has suites, with a main kitchen and living area, along with four bedrooms. The dead man was inside one of the rooms. Inside the room, Heston said, police also found what they described as an assault weapon, a handgun and incendiary devices. Florida law prohibits the possession of guns on state university campuses.
"Obviously you never want somebody to commit suicide, but knowing what we know about what was in his room, we feel better at least that no one else was hurt," Heston said.


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