TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — Gov. Rick Scott held a news conference Thursday morning, just hours after a shooting on the FSU campus that left the gunman dead and three students wounded.
“Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone touched by this tragedy. We still have a lot of questions that are unanswered,” said Gov. Scott at the start of his news conference.
“The police investigation will answer many of the questions 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. For that reason, I am asking everyone on FSU’s campus and everyone across our state, and even the nation, to pray for FSU today. Pray for our state – and every student and family affected by this tragedy.”
The Governor thanked the FSU Police Department and the Tallahassee Police Department for their quick response.
“Because of your hard work and training – your response time was almost immediate and the campus is once again safe for students.”
“While our hearts are broken for the injuries and the loss of life that occurred here last night, I have every confidence that FSU will become an even stronger campus as they come together and heal from this tragedy. The people of Florida, and especially those on our distinguished university campuses, are remarkable people. Everyone on this campus came here for a dream. They are dreaming of bigger and better things for their lives. They have careers they want to pursue; businesses they want to start; dreams of building a family… and that all starts right here with getting a great education at FSU. I know every Seminole has the heart of a dreamer. And, every dreamer is resilient. I look forward to seeing the FSU community all across our state and nation come together and lean on each other in the days ahead. And, I know the unparalleled leadership of President John Thrasher will be vital to this school’s healing and continued sense of pride and unity.
Gov. Scott ended his news conference by addressing the students directly.
“As a father of two daughters who both went away to college not too long ago, I can imagine the anxiety your parents are feeling today. Please take time to call them and let them know how you are doing. Talk to them about how this has affected you. If you don’t want to talk to your parents, please talk to someone at your church, synagogue or one of the counselors being organized by FSU. We live in a world today that is always moving on to the next thing. But, I want to encourage you to take time and process the tragedy that happened here last night and not simply ignore it. This will ultimately be the most important thing you can do to move forward, grow stronger, and appreciate each and every precious day given to us by God.”
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