Florida State University Shooting

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Social Media Photos:  Andrew Perez, FSU Alert; Tallahassee Police Facebook Page, Myron May Facebook Page.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo confirmed FSU alumnus Myron D. May as the Strozier Library gunman. According to the Houston Chronicle,  KRQE-TV, WFLA-TV, May worked at a law firm in Houston and for the Dona Ana County Prosecutor’s Office in Las Cruces, New Mexico before returning to Florida a few weeks ago to start a law practice.  May’s friends in Florida described him as smart, someone who graduated near the top of his class, a good person, who also was struggling with personal challenges. Police found May’s journal which suggests May felt he was being targetted. Police described May as suffering an emotional crisis.

by Carol Lim

One person was killed and 3 injured during an overnight shooting at the Strozier Library at Florida State University.  FSU police responded within minutes. FSU police say everyone is safe now and the male shooter was killed when he was confronted by campus police outside the library. Tallahassee Police report officers found the gunman at the entrance of the library, commanded him to drop his weapon, but the male shooter fired back at the police. That’s when police shot and killed him. The Associated Press identified the gunman as Myron May, a lawyer and FSU alumus, according to usatoday.com and Fox 13. May graduated from FSU before attending Texas Tech University law school.

“This was an isolated incident and the shooter acted alone.” said Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee Police Chief at a news conference this morning.

One student is reported to be in stable condition, another in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, CNN reports. The third shooting victim was treated and released.  FSU officials cancelled classes today. The shooting happened at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the library while 300-400  students were inside studying for exams. Terrified students posted photos and video on social media of piling items to block doors to protect themselves from the gunman and huddling together inside the library, which is open 24 hours a day.  Tallahassee’s mayor asked everyone to pray for the students, FSU, Tallahassee and the nation. Counselors are on campus to help students cope with the shooting. Students also gathered today for a memorial service on campus for the victims.

Tallahassee and FSU police ask anyone with information about this case to call 850-891-4200 or Crimestoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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