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UCF Gunman has ties to Tampa Bay area

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James Seevakumaran James Seevakumaran
UCF Police Chief Richard Beary UCF Police Chief Richard Beary
James Seevakumaran graduated from Seminole High school in 2001 James Seevakumaran graduated from Seminole High school in 2001
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

New details are emerging about a shooting plot at the University of Central Florida.  Police found 30-year-old James Seevakumaran with a gunshot wound to the head, and an arsenal of weapons nearby.

It turns out he has ties to the Tampa Bay area.  In a Tuesday afternoon press conference, UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said officials don't know the motive at this time.

Officials released video taken by a police officer as they searched Tower One early Monday morning.  The fire alarm had been pulled and they received a 911 call about a gunman.  But soon, they found him on the ground dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers say 30-year-old James Seevakumaran had plotted a possible mass shooting.  They say he had weapons, explosives and notes with a timeline.  Chief Beary said, "The last thing on the list was 'give em hell'"

Seevakumaran was a business major at UCF and was not enrolled in the spring semester. In the Post Office, officers recovered packages that he did not pick up.

Beary said, "What were in the mailroom waiting for the deceased were two .22 round magazines that were designed for the GSG weapon that he had. There was also a Blackhawk tactical sling."  Seevakumaran grew up in Pinellas County. School officials confirm he graduated from Seminole High school in 2001.  Currently his mother lives in Sarasota.  We visited the home and were met with a family spokesperson.

The family later provided a statement saying:

‘James was a loner and did not have a history of violence....they are requesting privacy during this difficult time.'

The family does not wish to make any further statements.

UCF police are still investigating. They're providing counselors to students and beefing up security for the foreseeable future.

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