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Three People Shot At Florida State Library

November 20, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Various media outlets are reporting that Three people were wounded in a library on the campus of Florida State University early Thursday morning by a gunman who was eventually killed by campus police.

FSUNews.com reported that the shooting occurred at around 12:30 a.m. local time on the first floor of the Strozier Library, located in a building at the center of the campus.

The site reported that at least four gunshots were heard and approximately 30 police officers rushed to the scene.

Officers shouted for the gunman to drop the weapon, however he discharged his firearm, police then fired multiple shots, killing the gunman, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.

Mary Coburn, Florida State’s vice president of student affairs, first announced that the gunman had been killed by university police. It was confirmed a short time later by authorities.

A nursing supervisor at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare told the Associated Press that the hospital was treating two people for gunshot wounds early Thursday.

One patient was reported in critical condition and another in stable condition.

Hospital officials were uncertain whether they could expect more patients.

Police did not reveal whether those wounded were shot by the gunman. However, senior Sarah Evans from Miami said she was inside the library and heard a male student say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood spreading on his pants leg.

Florida State University announced on its Twitter account at 2:30 a.m. local time that the area had been secured.

John Ehab, a sophomore from Tampa, said 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.

Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, said she was on the library’s first floor when said she heard a loud noise and then there was a lot of commotion. She said people were screaming about a gunman and chairs started flipping over.

“You never think something like this is going to happen to you until you have to react in that situation when someone is screaming there is a gun in the building. I ran for my life,” she said. “I ran right out the backdoor. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don’t think about anything else, you just go.”

Freshman Nikolai Hernandez said that he was in his dorm room across from the library when he heard five or six rapid gunshots.

“It was a consecutive bop, bop, bop, bop, bop,” Hernandez said. “It makes me definitely a little bit nervous. I was supposed to be in the library. I had a paper to do and I got a little bit lazy and decided not to do it.”

He said he had friends still locked inside the library two hours after the shooting.

A telephone alert from the university urged people to stay away from doors and windows. The alert provided no details of what sparked the warning. FSUNews.com reported that students were on lockdown in a second library and in the university dormitories.

Florida State President John Thrasher, who took office earlier this month, told The Associated Press by phone that he is in New York City and had no first-hand information. He said he was making arrangements to hurry back to Tallahassee.

University officials said campus will remain open Thursday, but all classes are canceled.

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