Early last Thursday, a gunman opened fire in Florida State University’s Strozier Library in the midst of midterm exam preparation. The incident left three victims injured, and hundreds of students hiding behind bookshelves.

 

University and Tallahassee officers met gunman Myron May outside the library within minutes of reported gunfire. He was asked to drop his handgun, but instead chose to shoot at an officer. In response, May was shot and killed.

 

In response to the shooting, Florida State University canceled Thursday’s classes and offered counseling services to those affected.

 

Two of the victims are currently in good condition. Nathan Scott, a library worker, was recently released from the hospital after being shot in the leg; a bullet grazed student Elijah Velez, who was released at the scene after receiving immediate treatment.

 

Last Thursday, FSU students Strozier Library, in preparation for midterms. (publicbroadcasting.net)

Last Thursday, FSU students Strozier Library, in preparation for midterms. (publicbroadcasting.net)

The third victim, Farhan Ahmed, is the last victim remaining hospitalized. Of the three bullets that struck Farhan, one hit his spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

 

31-year-old May, who graduated from the university in 2005, received licensing to practice law in both New Mexico and Texas. Weeks before the shooting, he quit his job working as a junior attorney in New Mexico, and returned to the state of his alma mater.

 

Since the incident, May has been described as paranoid. Police in New Mexico claim that May complained about surveillance cameras in his apartment, and voices taunting him.

 

He believed to have been targeted by the government and thought that his mind was being controlled. He was active in a Facebook group for people with similar convictions. In fact, he wrote on the group page on November 14 to ask, “has anyone here ever been encouraged by your handler to kill with a promise of freedom?”

 

Florida State University has since reopened the doors to Strozier Library and President John Thrasher said that things would soon “get back to normal.”

 

May’s friends claim to have attempted for months to get him the mental health treatment he needed. What do you think can be done to avoid recurrences of such tragedies? Respond below, or on Twitter @ryanlawlessness