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Roommate of UCF student believed to have been plotting attack speaks

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The roommate of 30-year-old James Seevakumaran is talking about the last terrifying moments of Seevakumaran's life on the third floor of a University of Central Florida dormitory building.  Arabo Babakhani, or B.K., was playing his guitar in his room early Monday morning when he heard the fire alarm go off and then saw a stunning site.

He tells FOX 35 News, "He was just standing there in front of my doorway with a gun."

B.K. says James pointed it right at him from four feet away.  "It was a rifle.  I didn't stop to look what kind of rifle exactly, but it was pretty sizeable," he explained, adding that James spoke no words. "Just direct eye contact and raised it up at me."

B.K. slammed the door in his face and locked it, ducked down behind chest of drawers and called 911.  Police arrived within five minutes and found James dead in the dorm room.   B.K. believes James pulled the fire alarm right outside their door to lure other students into the hallway to shoot them, but something changed his mind.

He says, "I think he just pointed the gun at me and hesitated, and then possibly just had a change of heart and then off'd himself instead."

B.K. was roommates with Seevakumaran since the fall of 2012. He never hung out with James and has no good memories of him.  "I wouldn't go to the grocery store with him. He's completely anti-social. If you want to spend time with him, then you're a very dedicated person."

B.K. says James never spoke of violence and never showed any of the weapons he had in his dorm room.  He is thankful that he survived the close call with his roommates burst of violence.  FOX 35 News asked him about the conversation he had with his mom after all this happened.

He said, "Well of course my mom was freaking out, even though she knows I'm fine, and I just have to repeat myself, I'm fine, I'm fine. You don't need to worry about me."

B.K. tells FOX 35 he never asked the university for a different roommate.  He says he could not request a different roommate just because the guy was quiet and kept to himself.

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