Myron May

Police have ID’d the gunman who shot 3 students in the library at Florida State University after midnight last night. Myron May was shot and killed by police when he was confronted outside the building after wounding 3 students.

Myron May reports May graduated from FSU before attending Texas Tech University’s law school.

May frequently quoted scriptures on his social media account — an indication that he may have suffered from a mental illness. His final Facebook post was a Bible verse: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

May apparently targeted one student, Jason Derfuss, whose life was saved when the bullet was stopped by books in his backpack.

Jason Derfuss books

Derfuss shared his life and death experience on his Facebook page:

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.

Myron May

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