Florida State Responds to Shooting

At about 12:30 a.m., someone entered a library at Florida State University and shot four bullets. Three people were injured, and the gunman was shot dead by police when he failed to put down the gun and shot at one of the officers.

Tallahassee and university police officers assured people that the campus is safe, emphasizing that this was an "isolated incident" with "one person acting alone."

Messages on FSU's emergency alert page described the situation and announced that classes were cancelled for today. The site included this statement from the university president.


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.

We will continue to share information with you regarding this matter as it becomes available.

Discussion Starters:

  • Analyze the three police officers' statements in the news conference. Although we see only short segments, describe their roles in providing information. How did they divide content, and do you find the information useful and relevant?
  • What should be the university president's next step in communication?