Get updates on school closings, delays

Student can’t believe what he finds in his backpack after Florida State University shooting

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(File photo courtesy: MGN Online)

FLORIDA- A Florida State University student who witnessed Thursday’s shooting from inside a library says a theology book saved his life.

Jason Derfuss told WESH he was checking out three books when the gunman opened fire, striking a student right in front of him.  When Jason made it home and looked in his backpack, he realized just how close he was to getting hit.

Two of the books he checked out had bullet holes in them; in the third book– which was one for his religious theology class– there was the bullet. He said, “I know God’s watching out for me. There’s really no other way to explain it.”

Three people were injured in the shooting. One of the injured people is in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, the hospital said. It identified another patient as Nathan Scott, who was shot in the leg and is in good condition. The third victim, grazed by a bullet, was treated and released at the scene.

Officers from the Florida State and Tallahassee police departments responded within three to five minutes of the first reports of gunfire, according to Mayor-elect Andrew Gillum.

Once there, they found the shooter outside Strozier Library and asked him to drop his handgun.

“The suspect did not comply with the commands, and actually shot at one of the officers,” Tallahassee police spokesman David Northway said. “They returned fire, and the subject was killed.”

The gunman was identified by authorities as Myron May, a 2005 graduate of FSU. He graduated from Texas Tech University’s law school in 2009, and practiced law in both Texas and New Mexico, according to Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo. May moved back into the area a few weeks ago.

The school canceled all classes and exams Thursday in the wake of the shooting, offering counseling services to those directly and indirectly affected.

Meanwhile, investigators are surveying the scene and interviewing witnesses — trying to determine exactly what happened and for what reason. DeLeo, the police chief, hedged when asked whether May had fired at officers, saying investigators still have more witnesses to interview. He said is appears none of the victims were targeted for any specific reason.

“Mr. May had a written journal and videos where he expressed fears of being targeted and that he wanted to bring attention to this issue of targeting,” DeLeo told reporters. “A preliminary review of these documents and videos demonstrate that Mr. May was in a state of crisis.”

Read more.