MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) — A Florida State University (FSU) freshman is back in South Florida after being the victim of a shooting at his school earlier this week.
Elijah Velez was grazed by a bullet of a gunman who was later killed by police, but he said he’s ready to go back to school.
Velez dodged two bullets, fired by a gun-men at FSU’s library early Thursday morning.
The Velez was leaving the library when the gunman approached him.
“I didn’t see him. I was getting on my bike at the time and then he shot once and shot me off the bike,” said Velez.
The Miramar resident said he and others started to duck for cover as they heard more bullets.
“I fell off the bike and I started running and then he shot again,” said Velez.
Velez dodged two bullets. Eventually, he was able to make it on his back and to his dorm room.
That’s when he finally realized he’d been shot. A bullet grazed his right side.
Velez finally called his mom back in Miramar to give her the news.
“As a mom, you don’t want your children to go away to college,” said his mother Maria Moya. “I can’t protect him.”
After shooting two others, the gunman, identified as Myron May, killed himself.
May was an FSU graduate and he later became a lawyer.
Police described him as being in crisis, saying May believed the government was spying on him.
“I don’t have any resentment. He had his own problems to deal with and I can’t be mad at him for anything,” said Velez.
Velez is a bio-chemistry major who wants to be a doctor.
“I’m very lucky. God was there with me the whole time and I hope he’s there with all the other victims now,” said Velez.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Velez said heis not nervous about going back to FSU. He believes this could have happened anywhere.