Gunman Killed After Shooting at FSU 11/20 06:01
Florida State University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library
early Thursday in a shooting that left three students wounded as hundreds
studying inside the library fled or took cover in panic.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State University police fatally shot a
gunman at the campus library early Thursday in a shooting that left three
students wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover in
Officers confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop his weapon, but he
fired one shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police
spokesman Dave Northway said.
While police did not say if the wounded were shot by the gunman, senior
Sarah Evans from Miami said she was inside the library and heard a male student
say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood
spreading on his pants leg.
Northway said authorities did not believe there were any other threats
related to the incident. Shortly after 4 a.m., a loud tone sounded across the
campus followed by an announcement that the campus was "all clear."
At the same time, authorities allowed hundreds of students who had been
shepherded in a classroom building next to Strozier Library, a multistory
building in the center of the Tallahassee campus, to return to their homes.
Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of
the suspected gunman, who was lying face down at the top of an access ramp just
outside the library. A gray baseball cap lay near his head.
Students who had been in the library described a chaotic scene where they
heard shots, followed by students either barricading themselves in parts of the
library or taking cover.
John Ehab, a sophomore from Tampa, said he was on the library's third floor
when he heard multiple gunshots.
"Everyone heard them," he said. People took cover in the book aisles to hide
from the gunman in case he came onto the floor, Ehab said.
Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, said she was on the library's
first floor when said she heard a loud noise and then there was a lot of
commotion. She said people were screaming about a gunman and chairs started
"You never think something like this is going to happen to you until you
have to react in that situation when someone is screaming there is a gun in the
building. I ran for my life," she said. "I ran right out the backdoor. My
laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct.
You don't think about anything else, you just go."
Daniel Morales, a 19-year-old freshman from Fort Pierce, said that when he
first heard someone say "somebody's got a gun. I thought he was joking." But
after realizing there was a gunman in the library, Morales and others raced to
a back room on the second floor where they barricaded a door with desks.
Freshman Nikolai Hernandez said he was in his dorm room across from the
library when he heard five or six rapid gunshots.
"It was a consecutive bop, bop, bop, bop, bop," Hernandez said. "It makes me
definitely a little bit nervous. I was supposed to be in the library. I had a
paper to do and I got a little bit lazy and decided not to do it."
Florida State President John Thrasher, who took office earlier this month,
said by phone that he was in New York City and had no first-hand information.
He said he was making arrangements to hurry back to Tallahassee.
Thrasher decided to cancel classes Thursday for the entire campus, although
the university itself would remain open.