UCF apparent suicide: 'Improvised explosive' at Tower 1 of University of Central Florida, police say
Jason Hanna, CNN
5:29 AM, Mar 18, 2013
12:46 PM, Mar 18, 2013
UPDATE: (AP) -- Explosive devices safely removed from University of Central Florida dorm and classes resume.
(CNN) The person found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a University of Central Florida dorm room early Monday was a student, UCF spokesman Grant Heston said.
From CNN's John Couwels
A body with a self-inflicted gunshot wound was found along with a bag of bombs in a dormitory room at the University of Central Florida early Monday, prompting officials to cancel classes at the main Orlando campus until at least noon, a school spokesman said.
Police made the discovery shortly after 12:20 a.m., after a fire alarm sounded at the Tower 1 dorm and someone called 911 about a person with a gun there, school spokesman Grant Heston said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." Officers entered the dorm and found a male dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a bedroom, Heston said.
Police also found a handgun, an assault weapon and a bag of improvised explosive devices in the room, Heston said. An Orange County bomb squad is assessing the devices, and the FBI has been contacted, he said.
The dorm, home to about 500 students, was evacuated.
UCF said it was providing the evacuated students counseling and food at the university's Veterans Academic Resource Center.
The parking garage closest to Tower 1 was initially closed off, but the university reopened it around 9 a.m.
UCF has more than 59,000 students at its main campus and 10 regional campuses, according to the school.
CNN's Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.