Florida State University Shooting Leaves Gunman Dead and Three Students Injured
Another American campus was rocked by violence early Thursday, after a shooting at Florida State University's Strozier Library left the gunman dead, three people wounded, and FSU's student population in shock. Though details about the tragedy remain murky, officials are sure that this was an "isolated incident" and that the campus is under no further threat.
Here's what we know so far: According to a statement by the Tallahassee Police Department, at roughly 12:30 a.m., police got a call about an "armed subject" at FSU's Strozier Library, where roughly 400 students were sitting and studying for exams. Shots were reportedly fired inside the building, more were fired outside. As graduate student Alexandra Lauren, who was at the library at the time of the shooting, described to CNN:
By the time the officers reached the attacker — standing with his gun, at the entrance to the library — they'd already heard word someone had been wounded. The officers ordered him to drop his weapon, but he didn't, instead opening fire on the policemen, who fired back, killing him. Said Tallahassee police spokesman Dave Northway to NBC News:
By 2:41 a.m., the university issued a statement on SFU's Facebook page declaring the area secured. Just over an hour later, at roughly 4 a.m., an intercom announcement across the campus assured students all was clear. According to the AP, two of those injured are now being treated at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, one of whom is in critical condition.
Said University President John Trasher in the statement:
As is often the case with these types of incidents, not much is known about the shooter. It's not clear whether he was a student at the university, or a local resident, or even a U.S. citizen — just that he was male and, obviously, armed. As Police Chief Michael DeLeo said to CNN: