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UCF Evacuation: Students evacuated from University of Central Florida campus dorm after body and explosives found

One man was found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in a dorm room at the University of Central Florida late Sunday, March 17, 2013. Several explosive devices and an assault weapon were also found. WKMG

One man was found dead in a dorm room at the University of Central Florida on March 18, 2013. Several explosive devices and an assault weapon were also found.
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(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Authorities said hundreds of students were evacuated from a dorm on the University of Central Florida campus early Monday after weapons, explosive devices and a dead body were discovered in one of the rooms.

University police were called to the dorm around 12:20 a.m. after a fire alarm went off, UCF spokesman Grant Heston said. While they were on their way to the scene, a 911 call came in about a man with a gun.

Arriving officers found a man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a residence at the Tower 1 dorm in Orlando. Officials have not said whether the dead man was a university student.

Heston said the dorm has suites, with a main kitchen and living area, along with four bedrooms. The dead man was inside one of the rooms. Inside the room, police also found an assault weapon, a handgun and improvised explosive devices.

Heston said the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are helping with the investigation. The sheriff's bomb squad was examining the explosive devices Monday morning.

About 500 students were evacuated from the dorm and an adjacent parking garage was closed.

"We don't believe there is any imminent threat to the campus," Heston said.

The university cancelled classes through noon Monday as a precaution.

A statement on the university's website said the UCF Arena would open to accommodate displaced students. Counselors would be available to talk to students who need assistance.

  • Crimesider Staff

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