FL governor, FSU Pres. ask for prayer; shooter identified as alum

FL governor, FSU Pres. ask for prayer; shooter identified as alum
FSU President John Thrasher
FSU President John Thrasher

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) - Florida Governor Rick Scott called people to pray for and think of Florida State University Thursday in the wake of a shooting that injured three and left a gunman dead.

Gov. Scott and FSU President John Thrasher joined for a news conference at 10 a.m. He encouraged the public to take time to process the tragedy. Thrasher said officers training helped diffuse the situation quickly.

Police later reported the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. Abigail Taunton told the Associated Press that May had recently been staying at a guest house she owns in a rural area in the Florida Panhandle. She said police interviewed her husband, David, after the shooting.

Three people were hospitalized and the gunman that opened fire is dead after the shooting that happened inside the Strozier Library at the university.

Authorities placed the school on lockdown around midnight and students were told to stay inside and away from windows.

Police said the gunman was shot and killed when he opened fire on responding officers.

One of the victims was listed in critical condition while another was listed as stable at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The condition of the third victim was not known.

All classes on the university's main campus were canceled for Thursday.

University President Thrasher said the Strozier Library will reopen Friday.

Florida State University released this statement regarding the campus shooting:

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.

Over the past few hours, I have received several briefings from administrators and law enforcement regarding campus safety and security, and they have established that this was an isolated incident. 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.

As we try to make sense of what is a senseless incident, the Counseling Center and Employee Assistance will provide counseling and support for FSU faculty, staff and students affected by these events. Should anyone need or desire such services, please contact the center at the Askew Student Life Building or call (850) 644-2003.

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