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Florida Campus Closed After Suicide and Bomb Discovery

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 18, 2013 Last Updated: March 18, 2013
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Florida campus closed: On Monday morning, the University of Central Florida campus was closed after an apparent suicide.

The location of the University of Central Florida on Google Maps. (Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

The location of the University of Central Florida on Google Maps. (Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

The University of Central Florida campus was closed down on Monday when authorities discovered weapons and explosive devices after a man apparently killed himself in a dorm room.

Police took a 911 emergency call for “a man with a gun” on early Monday morning, university officials said.

“When police arrived, they found a victim who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” reads a press release from the college, which is located in Orlando. As a result, the Tower 1 dorm was evacuated and a parking lot was closed.

The university then “closed the main campus for classes and normal operations until noon” and essential staff members came to work, but other employees were told to stay away from the campus. Classes were also canceled before noon.

“The safety of our students in Tower 1 and our entire campus community is our top priority,” Police Chief Richard Beary said in the release.

University spokesman Grant Heston told Reuters that there was no threat posed by the man who killed himself.

“It was clear at that point that there was no imminent threat from a live shooter, which is the first thing you worry about,” he said.

Students of the dorm who were evacuated were sent to another building for counseling and food.

“The way I look at it is, it didn’t blow up,” sophomore Justine Love told the news agency. “We’re still here.”

Antonio Whitehead, a junior, told The Associated Press that he heard a fire alarm sound after midnight, and he saw a crowd exiting the dorm.

“All of a sudden, I felt the crowd move a little faster. And a police officer with a machine gun or something told everyone to start moving a lot faster,” he said.

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