A gunman opened fire early Thursday at a Florida State University library, sending hundreds of students who had been studying for exams scrambling for cover, says the Associated Press. Three students were wounded before police killed the gunman in a shootout. His motive was not immediately known. Two of the victims were taken to a local hospital. FSU officials said a third student who was grazed by a bullet was treated at the scene and released.
The AP identified the dead gunman as Myron May, an FSU graduate who attended law school at Texas Tech. Police and FSU officials called the shooting an “isolated incident.” FSU’s compact campus is located less than a mile from downtown Tallahassee and the state Capitol. The attack started soon after midnight when students inside the multistory library heard about half a dozen gunshots. Tallahassee and FSU police confronted the gunman just outside the library and ordered him to drop his handgun, but he fired a shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, police said.