Three Florida State University students were shot and wounded by a gunman inside the school’s Strozier Library early Thursday morning before authorities say the gunman was killed after a brief gunfire exchange with campus police.
The scene at the library was chaotic at about 12:30 a.m. when an armed suspect walked into the Tallahassee building and opened fire. There were reports of several gunshots heard in a row.
Sean Young, a student at the school who was on the third floor of the building, told WCTV.tv that students ran past him and some took refuge in a private study room rented by a fraternity.
“My first instinct was to remain calm and try to keep the people around me calm as well, and just try to cooperate,” he said.
Sarah Evans, another student from the school, 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.
In the meantime, the unidentified suspect made his way outside to the entrance of the building. He was confronted by campus police who ordered him to drop his weapon. The gunman disregarded the order and fired a shot at the officers. Police returned fire and fatally hit the man.
WCTV.tv reported that all three victims were located around the library. The report said one student is in critical condition, another is stable and one was treated at the scene and released. Police did not say if the wounded were shot by the gunman.
In a press conference Thursday morning, police assured that the shooting was an isolated incident and there is not further threat on campus. University officials said campus will remain open Thursday, but all classes are canceled.