Florida State University student Jason Derfuss did not think to look at his book bag as he fled the university library where a gunman wounded three people early on Thursday.
Only later did Derfuss realize that his books may have saved his life.
“He was about 5 feet from me, but he hit my books. Books one minute earlier I had checked out of the library, books that should not have stopped the bullet,” Derfuss wrote on Facebook.
The shooter was killed in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement at Florida State’s Strozier Library at about 12:30 a.m. Derfuss later posted photos of bullet holes that pierced two of his books and left a mark on his book bag, along with the shiny bullet that he safely recovered.
Reuters could not immediately reach Derfuss, who escaped injury and whose story received wide attention amid a string of shootings on U.S. campuses.
“The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened,” Derfuss wrote.
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SOURCE: Toronto Sun / Reuters – Bill Cotterell