TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Family and friends of Myron May, who shot three students at a Florida State University library before he was gunned down by police, said they were shocked when they heard that he was the gunman.
Friends said May moved to Wewahitchka, a town about 90 miles southwest of Tallahassee, about three weeks ago. A graduate of FSU, May went on to study law at Texas Tech.
Before returning to the panhandle, May worked in Houston and for the District Attorney’s Office in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Last month his former girlfriend, Danielle Nixon, filed a harassment complaint against him with the Las Cruces police department. Friends said he was having financial trouble. In Wewahitchka, May was living in the guest house of nationally renowned charity workers David Taunton and his wife Abigal.
Police said inside the cottage they found boxes, a bedroom in disarray and a pill bottle half full fo hydroxyzone, a drug commonly used to treat anxiety and nervousness.
“We had no indication of it, none,” said Abigal Taunton.
Police are still trying to determine why he drove to Tallahassee and fired on the students inside the Strozier Library. His social media accounts offer few clues. His Facebook page is full of biblical verses. His post was on November 18th in which he quoted a verse from the Book of Matthew “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Myron was a good boy, a good man, something went terribly wrong and I don’t know what that was,” said Taunton.
Good but trouble, according to those who knew him.
According to a Las Cruces, New Mexico, police report last month, May was a subject of a harassment complaint after a former girlfriend called to report he came to her home uninvited and claimed police were bugging his house and car.
Nixon told police May recently developed “a severe mental disorder.”
“Myron began to ramble and handed her a piece to a car and asked her to keep it because this was a camera that police had put in his vehicle,” the report said. The report also said May recently quit his job and was on medication.
Tallahassee police said they found May’s journal and video journal and those materials indicate that he was in a state of “crisis.”
May mailed 10 packages to friends around the country. He contacted them a few days ago and asked for their addresses. Police have told the recipients not to open them when they arrive and call the authorities.