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UCF Death: Male Commits Suicide at Dorm, Police Find Guns

March 18, 2013

Amy Pavuk

Law-enforcement officers investigating an apparent suicide inside a University of Central Florida residence hall have found several weapons and improvised explosive devices, a school spokesman said early Monday.

UCF spokesman Grant Heston said a fire alarm call registered for Tower 1, a residence hall for about 500 students located near the Arena and Bright House Networks stadium, about 12:20 a.m. Monday.

While UCF police were on the way, officers received a 911 call for a male with a gun in the residence hall.

Police found the male dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was not immediately clear if the male is a student.

In addition to the handgun, police also found an assault weapon and improvised explosive devices in the room, Heston said.

Tower 1 and the adjacent parking garage, Garage G, remain closed.

UCF police and the Orange County Sheriff's Office, including the agency's bomb squad, are investigating.

All classes on UCF's main campus that would start earlier than 12 p.m. are cancelled, and UCF officials will update students and staff before then on what will unfold the remainder of the day.

Heston said students, faculty and staff are not to report to the main campus unless they are essential personnel.

The Central Florida Research Park adjacent to campus will be open for classes and regular operations.

The school is also asking commuters who use UCF as a cut-through to avoid the area.

Students who reside in the multi-story Tower 1 can go to the Arena at 7 a.m. to speak with counselors. Those evacuated students can also receive food at the Arena.

Source: (c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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