Florida State University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library early today in a shooting that left three students wounded as hundreds studying inside fled or took cover in panic. According to university newspaper FS View, the gunman opened fire around 12:30am on the first floor of a library and was shot dead after officers confronted him and ordered him to drop his weapon; he instead fired one shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots back, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway says. Students who had been in the library described a chaotic scene in which they heard shots, followed by students either barricading themselves in parts of the library or taking cover.
While police did not say if the wounded were shot by the gunman, senior Sarah Evans from Miami said she was inside the library and heard a male student say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood spreading on his pants leg. Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of the suspected gunman, who was lying facedown at the top of an access ramp just outside the library. A gray baseball cap lay near his head. FSU has canceled classes today. (Read more Florida State University stories.)