ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The former student behind an aborted attack plot at a Florida university was working off a checklist that included plans to get drunk, pull a fire alarm and then "give them hell," authorities said Tuesday.
James Oliver Seevakumaran was crossing items off his list ahead of his planned attack on classmates with guns and homemade explosives, University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary said at a news conference.
The list found along with his dead body early Monday included drinking at a bar near campus and pulling the fire alarm — which investigators believe was meant to flush out victims. Beary says the final item was: "Give them hell."
Instead, Seevakumaran shot and killed himself as police officers arrived in response to the fire alarm and a 911 call from a roommate. Beary says authorities confirmed he had gone earlier to the bar and drank.
In the 911 call made public Tuesday, Arabo "BK" Babakhani spoke in a calm but urgent tone as the screeching of the fire alarm made it difficult for the dispatcher to him. He said he had opened the door to his room because of the fire alarm and saw Seevakumaran with a gun.
"He pulled a gun on me," Babakhani said. "The fire alarm went off. I opened the door to see what's going on and he's there with some gun."
Babakhani told the dispatcher that he slammed shut his door and locked it.
Police have said that Seevakumaran pulled the fire alarm in an effort to flush out potential victims. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound early Monday when police responded
At the time of the attack, packages were waiting for Seevakumaran at a campus mailroom containing two 22-round magazines and a sling for his rifle and a firearms training DVD, officials said Tuesday.
Investigators have also said that they found four makeshift explosives in a backpack, an assault rifle, handgun, high capacity ammunition drums and hundreds of bullets near his body.
Beary said authorities still aren't aware of a motive or significant circumstance that led Seevakumaran to plan for an attack. The chief said no written explanation was left.
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