by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Yes, Arabo Babakhani was (is?) in the Air Force until very recently and is enrolled in ab Air Force related program at UCF.
“”I’m not going to take any chances; I’m not going to wait to find out,” said Babakhani, 24, who began studying aerospace engineering at the University of Central Florida this year after 41/2 years in the U.S. Air Force, including a stint in Afghanistan.” Orlando Sentinel
A reader, Simon, gave me a head’s up about the release of the name of the as of yet unnamed roommate who supposedly saw James Oliver Seevakumaran with a gun the other night before allegedly taking his own life. The roommate gave an interview to the campus radio station about his ordeal. His name is Arabo (B.K.) Babakhani and I am wondering if it’s the same Arabo Babakhani who graduated from Granada Hills High School, Calif. in 2006 and went on to graduate Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. That Arabo Babakhani received “special training in human relations”.
“The partnership is unique because nowhere in the Department of Defense do the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps unite with academia and industry, said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis, the assistant commander for Research and Engineering for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.” UCF Student Paper, 2009 (H/T Simon)
In an interview with ABC News, Arabo said something very interesting. Aside from contradicting himself several times, Arabo seems to suggest that after he closed the door on Seevakumaran’s face, he heard “shots’ fired meaning more than one.
How often does a man get off more than one shot from a 45 caliber weapon when shooting themselves in the head?
“As soon as the fire alarm happened, I open my door, I think something is burning on the stove. I open my door and I see my roommate with an assault rifle. I didn’t stop and look, I slam the door in his face so he couldn’t harm me. As soon as I open the door he just raised the rifle on me,” Babakhani told ABC News.
Babakhani said Seevakumaran was a loner.
“For the most part if you said anything to him he would ignore you, he would stare off in the distance and pretend like you didn’t exist. But he made eye contact with me when he pulled the gun on me. That was the best eye contact I ever had with him. He looked me dead in the eye and raised the gun,” Babakhani said.
“I thought he went after my roommate but I didn’t hear a struggle. Then I heard pops and then silence,” he said. ABC News
Another interesting aspect of this case is the fact that ABC is reporting that Seevakumaran, like James Holmes, purchased his guns online, going later to a gun dealer to pick them up. In reality, that could have been anyone with a decent fake ID.
Simon included some very interesting details in his comment.
They’ve now identified the roommate as Arabo Babakhani.
The chief of police at UCF is Richard Beary, a vice president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a graduate of the FBI Academy.
Beary’s son, Gregory, attends UCF.
Beary’s brother, Kevin Beary, headed the Orange County Sheriff’s Office from 1993 to 2009. He was notoriously corrupt and eventually was convicted in a corruption case. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to co-chair the terrorism section of Region V of the Florida Domestic Security Task Force. He also served the FBI as a member of their Executive Advisory Committee on Homeland Security.