A US student who planned to massacre his classmates using homemade bombs committed suicide after police closed in on him, it has been revealed.
James Oliver Seevakumaran, a student at the University of Central Florida (UCF), had armed himself with two guns, hundreds of ammunition rounds and a backpack full of explosives. On Monday night, he set off a fire alarm on the UFC campus, in an attempt to force more than 500 students into the open where he could murder them, the Associated Press reported.
University of Central Florida police Chief Richard Beary, right, shows an example of the assault rifle, along with explosive devices, found in the dorm room of Seevakumaran
Seevakumaran, 30, had written an elaborate timeline for his bloody massacre, but was foiled by campus police who were responding to the fire alarm. The student's roommate had called 911 and alerted police of how Seevakumaran had pointed a gun at him, causing him to lock himself inside the bathroom, according to ABC news.
As police closed in on him, Seevakumaran shot himself in the head.
"It could have been a very bad day here for everybody," university police chief Richard Breary said. "All things considered, I think we were very blessed here."
Police did not comment on Seevakumaran's motives, but a spokesperson for the UCF said the university had been preparing to evict Seevakumaran as he had not enrolled for the current spring term.