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Mar 18, 2013 5:42 PM by NBC News

Chilling discovery inside University of Central Florida dorm room

(WESH) University of Central Florida officials canceled morning classes Monday as investigators looked into a suspicious death of a student on campus and secured several explosive devices.

Student James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, was found dead overnight in a dorm room at Tower 1, an on-campus living quarters near the school's arena that houses about 500 students. Officials said they believe Seevakumaran died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shortly after investigators were called to look into the student's death, several suspicious devices were found somewhere inside the building. An assault weapon, a handgun and a number of explosives were discovered in a bag inside Seevakumaran's room.

"Police found an assault weapon and what appeared to be improvised explosive devices," UCF Associate Vice President Grant Heston said.

At a news conference on Monday, the campus Police Chief Richard Beary said that the material and notes found in the dorm makes it appear that attack on campus was planned.

"It could have been a very bad day. We are blessed here at the University of Central Florida. Let's face it, one shooting is bad enough, multiples anyone with this type of weapon and this amount of ammunition could have hurt a lot of people," said Beary.

Beary also indicated that Seevakumaran had laid out a timeline and his actions, but the quick response from police made him change his mind.

A bomb squad was called to the school shortly before 5 a.m. to secure the explosive devices.

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