At least three Florida State University students were wounded. One was critically injured.
Students at FSU were in the library at the time of the tragic incident. They hid behind stacks of books and dove under desks as an assailant with a handgun opened fire early Thursday before being killed in a shootout with police.
The students were alerted of the gunman when the FSU emergency alert system said:
“FSU ALERT!* Dangerous Situation! Main Campus – Tallahassee. Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows.”
The gunman was killed by the police after he opened fire on them from an access ramp outside the Strozier Library, where at least 300 students were studying for end-of-semester exams. One student was shot in the leg and the others were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare hospital.
The police issued a statement: “He was challenged by the officers and given commands to drop his weapon, but the male fired at the officers.The officers returned fire, killing the gunman.”
By 4:15 a.m., the “all clear” message was issued for the school.
Florida State University police chief David Perry told reporters “This person for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library.”
The questions everyone is asking are how did the gunman enter the library with a weapon? Where was campus security? POlice are currently invetigating the scene and will hopefully provide the answers.
Tallahassee’s police chief, Michael DeLeo said “it was an isolated incident and one person acting alone.” Additional details of the gunman or possible motives are unknown to the public at this time.