| Crime |

University of Central Florida on Lockdown After Police Find Explosives, Dead Man in Dorm UPDATE

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

When police at the University of Central Florida responded to a fire alarm in a dorm early this morning, they found a nightmare scenario: one man dead of a gunshot wound inside a dorm room full of improvised explosives and heavy weaponry.

UCF has now canceled classes and evacuated hundreds of students as the FBI moves in to investigate.

Update: UCF has resumed its afternoon classes after bomb techs disposed of the explosives. The school has confirmed that the dead man was a student in the dorm.

A fire alarm sounded inside Tower 1, a large on-campus dorm, just before 12:30 a.m., a campus spokesman tells the AP. As officers were en route to check it out, another call came in that a man with a gun was inside the same hall.

When police arrived, they found that man dead of what's believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The AP reports that officials are still trying to determine if the dead man was a UCF student.

The real cause for concern, though, were a few other things that police found inside the dorm room: a handgun, an assault rifle, and numerous improvised explosive devices.

UCF has canceled all classes until noon and ordered everyone off the main campus. Fox News reports that the FBI has moved in to help with the investigation.

Here's the scene on campus earlier this morning, with police blocking off access to the school's main thoroughfares:

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.