At 12:30 a.m Thursday, a college community was rattled by a senseless crime. Three students in the Strozier Library of Florida State were shot and wounded by an unidentified man who walked into the building, and opened fire.
Five FSU and TPD officers located the gunman in front of the library after the shooting, and when he was asked by police to drop his weapon, he shot at police resulting in a brief exchange. The gunman was shot dead and at this time has yet to be identified.
“This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library,” FSU Police Chief David Perry said.
WCTV.tv reported that all three victims were located around the library. One of the wounded students is in critical condition, another is stable and the third was treated at the scene for a graze and then released.
WCTV also talked with FSU student Sean Young, who was on the third floor of the library during the shooting.He reported that students started running past him frantically and somebody said that there was someone downstairs with a gun.Young said he proceeded to run into one of his fraternity brothers who was renting a study break room and that they crammed as many people as they could into the room to try and keep them safe.
“My first instinct was to remain calm and try to keep the people around me calm as well, and just try to cooperate,” Young said. “I just tried to remain calm, especially for those that were around me. I didn’t want to panic anybody else. For me personally, it’s still kind of registering.”
The university president, John Thrasher, released a statement on the FSU website:
“The Florida State University community is extremely saddened by the shootings that took place early this morning at Strozier Library, in the very heart of campus, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those who have been affected.
The three students who have been injured are our highest priority followed by the needs of our greater university community. We will do everything possible to assist with their recovery… Florida State University and Tallahassee police departments have done an extraordinary job taking quick and decisive action to prevent further tragedy, to secure the scene and to keep campus safe. They have assured me that there is no further threat.
We are increasing security measures and providing a strong law enforcement presence on and around campus today. I have great confidence in the abilities of our local law enforcement agencies to handle this matter.”
Video from inside the Library
School Shootings in the U.S
The number of school shootings have definitely seen an increase in the last 2 to 3 years. Data from everytown.org (which includes this most recent shooting) shows that there has been a total of 91 school shootings since Sandy Hook back in December 2012. Those list includes “assaults, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not fired there, or were fired off school grounds after having been possessed in schools, were not included.”
This paints a clear picture about the lack of safety and the easy access many people can acquire guns. As cases like these continue to occur in the United States, gun laws will go under heavy scrutiny. For years the NRA has held its position on the right to own guns and the level of security surrounding the obtaining of a gun. However, in a country where you can buy a gun from Walmart or even carry large guns into public spaces, the question of safety will remain a constant.
While Congress and the NRA debate on gun laws, but make no attempts at changing them, senseless acts of violence will continue to devastate this country and its children.
What Do You Think?…
Do you have children or are a student yourself? What are your opinions on gun control in this country?
Feature Image: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)