Panic swept through the Florida State University library early Thursday when a rampaging gunman shot three people before being killed in a hail of police bullets, police said.
More than 300 students scrambled for exits or ducked for cover when the shooting began at Strozier Library. Officers responding to 911 calls confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop his weapon, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.
Northway said the gunman fired at them, and the officers responded with a volley of shots. Campus police turned the investigation over to the Tallahassee department.
The Associated Press reported that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University’s law school. AP cited a law enforcement official who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to release the name. The Democrat was attempting to independently confirm the shooter’s identification.
One victim was hospitalized in critical condition and another in good condition, a spokesperson for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare said. A third person was grazed by a bullet and was treated at the scene and released.
The victims’ families have been notified, but their names have not been released, police said.
One student posted on Facebook pictures of a bullet and a book he said he had just checked out when the shooting began.
Source: USA Today | Sean Rossman and Karl Etters, Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat