At least 3 students have been injured in a shooting which took place in the library at Florida State University. All three victims were in or around the library at the time of the shooting and at least one is in critical condition.
The lone gunman was shot outside the library after refusing to drop his handgun and instead attempting to fire at police.
This is yet another tragic gun-free zone shooting in which the students are completely unable to defend themselves against such attacks. Whatever the gunman’s motives were, he knew he would not face any resistance from his victims.
According to Foxnews,
“This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library,” FSU Police Chief David Perry said.
Sean Young, a student at the school who was on the third floor of the building, told WCTV.tv that students ran past him and some took refuge in a private study room rented by a fraternity.
“My first instinct was to remain calm and try to keep the people around me calm as well, and just try to cooperate,” he said.
Sarah Evans, another student from the school, 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.
In the meantime, the unidentified suspect made his way outside to the entrance of the building. He was confronted by campus police who ordered him to drop his weapon. The gunman disregarded the order and fired a shot at the officers. Police returned fire and fatally hit the man.
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.