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PHOTOS: FSU Student Shot In Backpack By Gunman, Textbooks Likely Save His Life

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Terror unfolded early Thursday morning as a gunman opened fire at students inside Strozier Library on the campus of Florida State University. Three students were reportedly shot. One of them is in critical condition. The only fatality reported was that of the assailant, who was killed in a shootout with police soon after the first shot was fired. From the information available, it seems the situation was handled just about flawlessly by the Tallahassee PD.

More about that first shot fired, though: it struck a student’s backpack, traveled through one textbook, and was lodged in a second. The student, thejasond123 on reddit, explains his encounter with the gunman and the subsequent discovery of the bullet inside his backpack.

I’m a student at FSU, I was leaving Strozier when I heard a shot behind me. I turned around and saw the gunman shoot one person who collapsed. I turned and ran to my car before driving off. There were a ton of people stuck in the library when this happened. I went home so I don’t have any other details.

Edit: I got home and noticed two of my books were destroyed. They stopped the bullet. I was the initial target of the gunman. I’ve posted pictures of the bullet, the books, and my backpack. I’m beyond lucky to not have been injured at all. Thank you all for your support, your comments have comforted me.

Edit 2: Just got home from the station. Gave my statement, the police came by around 3:30 a.m. to collect the evidence. There were a bunch of people shaken up at the station, but it looks like everyone is okay. The worst injured guy is in surgery, and after that, hopefully (s)he’s in the clear. Also, thank you for the gold, kind stranger. 🙂

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Dillon Cheverere

Dillon Cheverere (@DCheverere) is the Vice President of Media for Grandex, Inc. Email:

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