6 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 289 2016 went directly to the turnstiles to swipe their personal IDs. The turnstiles controlled entrance into the busy first-floor Learning Commons. These security measures, along with a close relationship with the FSUPD, had dramatically reduced problems in Strozier and established it as a safe and secure destination all hours of the night and day. On November 20, however, the security measures were put to the test. In the days that followed, this account of the November 20 shooting at Strozier Library emerged: Myron May, the shooter, had graduated from FSU 10 years earlier. He left to earn a law degree in Texas and then worked as an attorney, but had recently returned to Florida, reportedly suffering from mental health issues. Security camera footage shows May entering Strozier Library’s lobby at 12:26 a.m. He approaches the turnstiles and stares at them, apparently perplexed. He turns, walks out of the lobby onto the library steps, and starts shooting. One student falls, seriously injured. A second student is grazed by a shot. For a third student, two library books in his backpack stop a bullet from entering his back. Fear sends everyone in the area running for shelter. May then re-enters the lobby, brandishing his gun, as the two security desk attendants dive under the counter. May fires at them once and tries a second time, but the gun misfires. He then turns and retreats to a far corner of the lobby to check his gun. One of the security attendants emerges from under the desk clutching his leg and hops as fast as he can through the turnstiles and into the Learning Commons. May then exits onto the library steps again, unaware that the police have arrived. Within seconds gunfire explodes, clouds of smoke erupt, and one of the plate glass windows shatters. With that, Myron May is dead and his rampage ended. In hindsight it’s a simple, though horrifying, narrative. As that night unfolded, however, the events were anything but straightforward.
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