TALLAHASEE (CBSMiami) – Shock and sadness Thursday on the campus of Florida State University as students, parents, faculty and administrators tried to come to grips with an early morning shooting inside a campus library.
Around 12:30 a.m. a gunman opened fire in the Strozier Library which was packed with students studying for finals. Three students were injured in the attack, one critically.
Police have identified the shooter as Myron May, who graduated from FSU before attending Texas Tech University’s law school.
Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster home in the Florida Panhandle, said that May had recently been staying at a guest house she owns.
“He’s just a boy our kids grew up with that we let stay in one of our guest houses for a while,” she said. “He’s moving back home from Texas and we were trying to help him get on his feet.
Records show May was licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. May recently resigned from the District Attorney’s Office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. Taunton said he was planning to take the Florida bar exam in February.
May was shot and killed by police outside the library when he fired at them.
At 10 a.m., students gathered at the fountain at Landis Green to pray for the injured.
University President John Thrasher rushed back to Tallahassee from New York when he heard about the shooting.
“We are a Seminole family and when something like this happens, when a tragedy like this happens, we all reach to grab hold of each other and that’s what we are doing right now,” said Thrasher.
Governor Rick Scott said his prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone touched by this tragedy.
“We still have a lot of questions that are unanswered. The police investigation will answer many of the questions that we are asking today but just like any tragedy the ultimate question of why will never have an answer that satisfies those whose loved ones have been injured or killed,” said Scott during a press conference.
Students plan to hold a vigil at 5 p.m.
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