Thursday, 20 November 2014

Lone gunman killed after shooting at Florida State University library leaves three wounded

A lone gunman who opened fire inside the library at Florida State University was shot and killed by campus police early Thursday morning after he wounded three people, authorities said
The gunman, who was not identified, walked inside the entrance to FSU’s Strozier Library about 12:30 a.m. and opened fire, striking three people, Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway told reporters at the scene. Victims were not identified

Minutes later, FSU campus police confronted the gunman just outside the library building and commanded him to surrender. The gunman ignored the command and fired at least one shot at police officers. FSU police then shot and killed him. Tallahasee Police are handling the investigation
“As FSU police officers were coming to the call they heard word that they had one victim who was shot,’’ Northway said. “The initial report indicates that as the officer got to the area, they located the gunman near the entrance of Strozier Library and he was challenged by the police officers to drop his weapon. Instead of complying with their commands, the gunman in turn fired a shot at the officers and they returned fire, killing the suspect.”
The three shooting victims, who were not identified, were rushed to nearby hospitals. The extent of injuries or whether the victims were students was not known, Northway said
The scene inside and outside the five-story library building was chaotic in the moments following the sound of gunfire as students scrambled for safety in the freezing temperatures and nearly three dozen police officers surrounded the area. Police said some students were evacuated to an adjacent building
Witnesses who were inside the crowded library at the time of the shooting told the Miami Herald they heard about five to seven rapid-fire gun shots after hearing the first burst of gunfire. Police said they could not confirm how many shots had been fired by the gunman
Allison Kope, 18, of Cocoa Beach, said she was studying at the library, which was packed with FSU students, when she heard a loud sound “like a bookcase falling” and later heard someone say “there’s a gunman.”

She said students then started filing out the doors of the library to go outside. Once outside, she said she heard several rapid-fire gun shots
Austin Bari, 18, of Plantation, said he, too, heard a loud noise before learning from another student that there was a gunman in the building. “I heard a little bang and thought something dropped and then someone said there’s a gun,” he said
He said the fire alarm went off as students and others rushed out of the library
“I grabbed all I could and then I heard seven to eight rounds [of gunfire] go off. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!”
John Ehab, a sophomore from Tampa, told the Associated Press that he was on the library's third floor when he heard multiple gunshots
"Everyone heard them," he said. People took cover in the book aisles to hide from the gunman in case he came onto the floor, Ehab said
Stephen Moring, 18, of Miami, said he was studying on the first floor, but didn’t hear anything because he had earphones. His friend alerted him to the possible gunman. He said he saw “a guy lying on the floor grabbing his leg and somebody yelled ‘gun in the building.’”
“We all started heading out the door,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we were panicked, but it was a state of confusion.”

“It’s the most scared I’ve ever been in my life,” he said. “It was horrifying.”
At 4:14 a.m., FSU officials sent an alert that the campus was secured and out of danger. They also plan to offer counseling to students on Thursday when classes will resume as scheduled
Florida State President John Thrasher, who took office earlier this month, told the Associated Press that he was in New York City and had no first-hand information about the shooting. He said he was making arrangements to return to Tallahassee

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