On Thursday, Nov. 20, a gunman burst into the Strozier Library at Florida State University. He was identified as an FSU 2005 graduate named Myron May.
According to Tallahassee’s mayor Andrew Gillum, the Florida State and Tallahassee police department were on the scene within three to five minutes of the first notification of the gunman. No one was killed, but three students were shot and injured in the library.
Only one victim had to go into critical care. Another was shot in the leg and is healing. The third was just grazed by the shot, but was checked and cleared at the scene.
Many of the students started to text their loved ones. Samantha Sillick messaged her dad, “There’s a man with a gun in the library, I love you.”
After terrorizing the 300-400 students in the library, May went outside where he found the police waiting for him. The police demanded that he drop his gun, but he refused, causing them to shoot and kill him.
The Police Chief Deleo has assured everyone that the shooting “is an isolated incident and one person acting alone.”
Even though few people were physically injured, many left the scene emotionally wounded. “It was very scary… I’m heartbroken more than anything else,” graduate student Alex Lauren said.
Dani Tynan, News Editor
Junior Dani Tynan is News Editor for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She plays varsity volleyball and softball, and participates in Operation Smiles.