Three students at Florida State University were shot by a single gunman inside the school’s Strozier Library on Thursday morning.
An armed suspect walked into the Tallahassee school and opened fire, with reported of several gunshots heard. Authorities reported that the gunman was killed following a gunfire exchange with campus police, Fox News reported.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– David Perry” author_title=”FSU Police Chief”]
This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library.
Sean Young, a student who was on the third floor, said students ran past him and hid in a private library room rented by a school fraternity. Sarah Evans, another student, said she was in the library and heard a male student say he was shot. She saw him on the ground with blood on his pants.
After shooting three students, the suspect went to the entrance of the building, where he was ordered by campus police to drop his gun. The suspect fired a shot at officers, who returned fire and fatally shot the man.
Several hundred students were inside the 24-hour library when the shooting started at 12:30 am, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The university issued an emergency alert warning students of a “dangerous situation,” instructing them to seek shelter. The university sent an “all clear” message at 4:30 am.
Classes were canceled at the school on Thursday, although students are returned to the FSU campus. A group of students gathered on the campus on Thursday morning to mourn, with an informal prayer service held at 10 am, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
One victim was hospitalized in critical condition and another victim was in good condition, according to a spokesperson for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. A third victim was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene. The gunman has not yet been identified.
FSU is one of the largest public institutions in Florida with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 40,000.