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Florida State Shooting Suspect Was Troubled

ince a shooting rocked the campus Thursday morning.

“This is the first time I’ve been back since it happened,” said student Alex Lavene, of Maitland.

The senior was studying for final exams in the library when the panic set in.

“People yelling, ‘Gun, gun, gun, someone’s shooting’, so we ducked for cover,” he said. “I pray this doesn’t happen again to FSU. We have to stay strong.”

Students said the shooting made them second-guess their safety on campus.

“You realize safety is just a feeling. It’s not really real,’ said student Emma White.

Police said they have a journal and videos that indicate the gunman who shot three students at Florida State University’s library on Thursday believed the government had targeted him.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said Thursday that Myron May was armed with a .380 semi-automatic handgun and reloaded at least once. DeLeo said May tried to get past security barriers in the Strozier Library before he was fatally shot by officers.

DeLeo said May and officers exchanged more than 30 shots.

During a news conference on Thursday, FSU President John Thrasher said university operations will return to normal on Friday.

“We’re going to get back to normal tomorrow. We’re going to get through this with the great (FSU) family that we have,” said Thrasher.

Officials said May graduated from FSU in 2005 before attending and graduating from Texas Tech University’s law school in 2009. He worked in law in New Mexico but moved back to the area about three weeks ago.

Thrasher said the library will also resume operations and there will be visible police presence there and throughout campus.

 

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