Student Shows How He Survived Yesterday's Campus Shooting
Jason Derfuss, a student at Florida State University was in the library when the shootings occurred yesterday. He made it out unharmed, but when he made it home he realised that his homework had saved his life.
Three people were hurt during the shootings on Thursday morning (American time) and hundreds of students huddled together for safety and made temporary barricades from upturned chairs and tables before the police were able to intervene and catch the gunman.
When the gunfire broke out, Derfuss had been checking out books. “I knew it was a gunshot right away and slowly turned around to see the gunman running toward another student and shoot him two times,” Derfuss explains. “I was about 50 yards away and ran to my car and called my dad, who told me to call 911.”
It wasn’t until he raced home that he noticed his books were torn apart, and a friend found the bullet lodged in one. It is thought that Derfuss was the intended first victim of the gunman, but his backpack intervened.
“It’s crazy: One minute I am checking out books, and the next I am crying on my bedroom floor thinking I shouldn’t be alive. ”
The gunman was identified by American authorities as Myron May, a 2005 graduate of Florida State University. He graduated from law school in 2009, and practiced law in both Texas and New Mexico, according to Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo. May moved back into the area a few weeks ago prior to the shootings.
Police responded to the reports in around 3-5 minutes, and tracked down May outside the library and demanded he drop his weapon.
“The suspect did not comply with the commands, and actually shot at one of the officers,” Tallahassee police spokesman David Northway said. “They returned fire, and the subject was killed.”
Derfuss posted the following on his Facebook:
“Earlier tonight there was a shooting at FSU, right as I was leaving Strozier. I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first. The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. He was about 5 feet from me, but he hit my books. Books one minute earlier I had checked out of the library, books that should not have stopped the bullet. But they did. I learned this about 3 hours after it happened, I never thought to check my bag. I assumed I wasn’t a target, I assumed I was fine. The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened. I know conceptually He can do all things, but to physically witness the impossible and to be surrounded by such grace is indescribable. To God be the glory, forever and ever, Amen.”
Must see: Video footage from terrified students inside the library