UCF Finds Explosives, Guns, and Dead Man in Dorm Room, Cancels Classes On Monday [UPDATED]
Update, 10;16 a.m. UCF police will hold a press conference at midday to release details of police findings, which should include the identity of the man who was found dead last night inside a university apartment.
The spokesperson, who declined to be identified, said university police were responding to a fire alarm in Tower 1 at 10:20 p.m. last night, when they received a 911 call, saying there was an armed man at the university apartment building.
Inside one of the building's four-bedroom apartments, police discovered a man who'd committed suicide, a hand gun, an assault rifle, and several "improvised explosive devices."
The spokesperson said more information will be released at today's press conference.
Original Post: Early this morning, police with the University of Central Florida discovered "improvised explosives" beside a dead man at a university apartment building, spurring the university to cancel classes this morning, according to a statement on the university's website.
By 4 a.m., the university released a statement on Facebook saying, "There is no threat to the campus community related to the suspicious death."
In the early hours, hundreds of students were evacuated from Tower 1 -- where police continue to investigate the building -- and hurried to a nearby resource center. The identity of the man, who authorities speculate committed suicide, hasn't been released yet.
Classes are to resume this afternoon, and the university has made counselors available to those reacting to the news.
Twitter was awash with students reacting to the sudden and disturbing news.
UCF is closed due to this whole shooting thing. Crazy. Back to bed for me.-- Johnny Malone (@TheJohnnyMalone) March 18, 2013
Why would there be explosives if this was just a suicide...? Sounds like there's more to it then ucf is telling.-- Kristen Knutson ♕ (@Ksquaredd_92) March 18, 2013
UCF is closed till noon today.. Dead body and bomb equipment found in the towers. Looks like I'm headed home now I guess? Scary stuff!!-- Becca (@BAMitsBecca) March 18, 2013
This is a developing story; check back soon for updates.
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