A gunman was shot dead and three others were seriously injured in an open fire at the campus of Florida State University (FSU), police said on Thursday.
According to the police, they received a call at 12.30 am ET informing about an armed person in the school’s Strozier Library located at the main campus in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said that when the cops confronted the gunman and asked him to drop his firearm, he denied to follow the order and fired one shot at them after which they responded with a volley of shots.
Chad Huling, a 21-year-old business student who witnessed the whole confrontation between the gunman and police, said he saw the shooting incident happening outside the library from a second-floor window.
“The gunman was stood right under us. There were about four or five cops there, with more arriving, and they all aimed their weapons at him and shouted, ‘Get down!’ about six times. But he did not do anything so they opened fire, I would say at least a dozen times. It was very loud. The whole thing was over in about 10 seconds,” said Huling while elaborating the whole incidence.
Huling further said, “I was just thinking, ‘Is this for real?’ I called my mom and just told her I loved her. We thought there were two shooters at that point, that’s what everyone was saying, so my heart was going so fast.”
Anonther student Steven Dawson said that the incident occurred when he was studying in the library at the third floor at around 12:30 am ET.
“When we heard about a gunman in the building, everyone just dropped everything and started running,” Dawson said.
Meanwhile, the police said that all the injured are getting treatment in a nearby hospital.
More details are still awaited.