3 Shot At Florida State University Before Gunman Killed By Police
Because today ends in a Y, another school shooting has been reported, this time at Florida State University where students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after a gunman opened fire, injuring three, according to CNN.
[su_center_ad]Two of the shooter’s victims were transported to a local hospital. One was listed in critical condition; the other was stable, according to the hospital.
The third victim, also a student, was treated and released at the scene.
The gunman was shot to death by campus officers later after they asked him to drop his handgun, and he opened fire at them, according to authorities.
“This is an isolated incident and one person acting alone,” Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo said. “There’s no indication of any further threat to anybody.”
“Obviously everyone wants to know why,” DeLeo added. “That’s the hard answer we’re going to continue to investigate.”
It’s not clear yet as to whether the gunman was a student.
The shooter opened fire at a “packed library” with 300-400 students inside, studying for final exams.
Toni Haywood, a junior, said she was on the second floor of the library at about 12:30 a.m., when she says she heard gunshots, according to ABC.
Minutes later, people on the first floor ran upstairs, telling students to hide, Haywood said.
“If there’s any positive news we can take from this occurrence is that the victim count was not greater,” the city’s Mayor-elect Andrew Gillum, said.
The school sent out a text to students, warning them to take refuge and stay away from windows.
“FSU alert dangerous situation main campus-Tallahassee,” it read. “Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows.”
Students shoved tables and book shelves against doors to barricade themselves.
‘The entire campus is empty’
A cell phone video posted online — purportedly from inside the library — showed students sitting in library aisle listening intently to a voice over the loudspeakers.
“There has been a shooting in the library,” the voice says. “Stay where you are. We will be coming to each floor and clearing and taking care of anybody.”
“It was very scary … I’m more heartbroken more than anything else,” one student said. “It’s sad, my heart goes out to the people affected.”
“There’s a man with a gun in the library,” Samantha Sillick said in a text to her father. “I love you.”
Watch courtesy of CNN: