A checklist recovered in the dorm suite of James Seevakumaran (inset) shows possible plans for a campus attack. (Note via UCF Police; mug via Seminole County Sheriff)
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The former University of Central Florida student whom police say planned a campus attack but killed himself in a dorm room before carrying out the plot had received gun items and a training DVD in his campus mail, police said Tuesday.
James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, received two packages at a campus mail room March 12 that he had not picked up, UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said at a news conference. The packages contained two magazine clips, a tactical gun sling and a training DVD describing proper shooting technique and use of lasers, Beary said.
Seevakumaran was found dead in his Tower 1 dorm room early Monday. Police said he plotted a campus attack but killed himself as police closed in on him after a frightened roommate called 911.
A checklist was found with Seevakumaran indicating he had been planning a campus massacre, though "there is no motive" in them, Beary said.
"The notes lay out a timeline ... but there is no specific threat in it," he said. "There is no manifesto."
"As he did each thing, he scratched them off the list. ... He scratched them off as he did them," Beary said.
The last item scratched off the list was "activate fire alarm," Beary said. Seevakumaran had pulled the fire alarm less than a minute before the roommate called 911, according to investigators.
The last item on the list found by Seevakumaran was "good luck and give them hell," Beary said.
A video was shown during the news conference showing police tactical teams searching Seevakumaran's dorm suite. Officers armed with rifles could be seen entering the dorm, searching for people and sweeping the rooms for weapons and equipment. A strobe light flashed and fire alarm sounded in the background.
"When they went in there, they didn't know what they were going to find on the other side," Beary said. "We wanted you to see what they did and how they did it."
Although Seevakumaran's family said he was a loner, his roommates made it clear to investigators that they never picked up any indicators Seevakumaran would plot an attack or take his own life. They told investigators they did not see gun magazines or weapons.
Seevakumaran did not have a history of violence, his family said in a statement.
Authorities think Seevakumaran acted alone. Despite that, UCF spokesperson Grant Heston said increased police patrols will be in place at Tower 1 for the foreseeable future.