There is not much yet known about Myron May except that he graduated from Florida State University in 2005 and was a lawyer who studied law at Texas Tech University. We also do not know why he entered the FSU library on Thursday and began shooting at students. Police say his Facebook page has comments about conspiracy theories and how the government can “read your mind”, however.
One student was critically injured, and at least two other students suffered injuries. One of them was videoed shouting, “I’ve been shot”, as he clutched his leg and blood began spreading down his pants.
One of the students was grazed by a bullet and was treated at the library before being sent home. The other two injured students were sent to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Hospital.
At approximately 12:30 am ET, FSU’s Emergency Alert System reported, “*FSU Alert!* Dangerous situation! Main Campus – Tallahassee. Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows.”
May began his shooting spree at the access ramp outside of Strozier Library which was filled with 300 to 400 students studying for final exams; the library is open 24 hours on weekdays.
Tallahassee police confronted the gunman and demanded he drop his weapon. May did not comply and attempted to shoot at the officers causing them to return fire and kill May.
Student Jason Derfuss was not injured but a bullet tore through one of his textbooks. He said, “He was about 5 feet from me but he hit my books. I assumed I wasn’t a target; I assumed I was fine. The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened.”
One parent received a text from his daughter stating simply, “There’s a man with a gun in the library. I love you.” He tweeted about the text saying, “Rattled tonight by text and call from daughter at #FSU while in library during shooting. Praying for all involved.”
Students were on lock-down in the library and in dorms until 3:00 am. FSU gave an “all clear” at about 4:15 am but classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day.
While campus staff made counseling available to students, police continued on scene with investigations and interviews. Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee’s Police Chief, says that the gunman was acting alone but no possible motives were currently apparent.
Campus security at FSU has now come into question as everyone wonders how May was able to enter the library with a gun.
FSU student, Alexandra Magoulas, was about 50 feet away when the shooting began. She said, “People immediately started running and screaming to the stairwells and to the edges of the room against walls. It was chaos.”
Tallahassee’s mayor-elect, Andrew Gillum, made a comment that we have been hearing often as of late: “We are too frequently and too often waking up to incidences like this around the country.” Just last month, a 15-year old high school student in Seattle started shooting in a crowded cafeteria. He killed three students and injured a fourth before killing himself. There is no doubt that these incidences will become ammunition for proponents of gun control legislation.