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UCF officials release details of foiled massacre plot

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Updated: 6/01/2013 10:42 am
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- On Friday afternoon, officials at the University of Central Florida released a new report on the foiled campus massacre plot.

Two months after the planned rampage, the university is making sweeping changes to improve student safety. School officials made the announcement at a press conference.

Investigators said James Seevakumaran, 30, had detailed plans to go on a deadly shooting spree at the Tower One dorms on campus on March 17.

Seevakumaran took his own life after his roommate walked in on him as he was preparing for the attack.

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said Seevakumaran consulted with a convicted murderer in a Texas prison, who had killed his family and had plans to kill students at his high school.

UCF officials said they are beefing up security systems on campus without making it like a prison compound.

Campus police showed the homemade bombs Seevakumaran had in a backpack and the guns he had. Police described how one of his guns jammed, which they said probably saved lives.

At the news conference, investigators said that before Seevakumaran pulled a fire alarm, he had done the math to figure out how many students were in his building and how many were possible targets in the 10-15 minutes he thought he had to open fire before campus police would arrive at the scene.

UCF's review determined that Seevakumaran followed others into Tower One after his electronic key card was deactivated.

His roommates let him into their unit and staff members let him into his bedroom after the hard key lock was changed.

School officials said Seevakumaran had not made a rent payment for more than a year. At the news conference, UCF Vice President Al Harms said that will not happen again. "We are going to do weekly checks to make sure that you stay properly enrolled throughout the semester," said Harms. "If you're not properly enrolled, then you're going to get notified. We are going to sit down and give you some counseling as to why you are not properly enrolled, and if you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you are going to leave the campus housing."

School officials said they are going to integrate the school's security camera system and said they are looking into giving the UCF Police Department more officers and more equipment to prepare for something even worse happening.

Beary said he believes Seevakumaran would have attacked the campus even if he was forced to leave.
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