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Florida State University Student’s Books Saved His Life

Jason Derfuss(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A student who was leaving the Florida State University library just as a shooter opened fire realized later that he had been the gunman’s first target.

Jason Derfuss, an FSU student, posted photos online showing a bullet that went through his backpack and was stopped only by a couple of books that he had just checked out for a research project.

“I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first,” Derfuss wrote on his Facebook profile page. “The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. 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.”

Derfuss, who identifies himself as the vice president of a media production company on his Twitter account, shared a series of photos of the damage that the bullet did to two books — one titled Great Medieval Thinkers and the other with its title obscured.

“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,” he said.

A Reddit user with the handle ‘thejasond123′ who posted the same photos wrote a similar account of the incident and added that he went to the police station and gave them his statement after discovering the bullet in his bag once he arrived home.

Police who rushed to the library fatally shot the suspect but not until three students were injured. All three of the victims are expected to survive.

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Florida State University Student’s Books Saved His Life

Jason Derfuss(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A student who was leaving the Florida State University library just as a shooter opened fire realized later that he had been the gunman’s first target.

Jason Derfuss, an FSU student, posted photos online showing a bullet that went through his backpack and was stopped only by a couple of books that he had just checked out for a research project.

“I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first,” Derfuss wrote on his Facebook profile page. “The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. 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.”

Derfuss, who identifies himself as the vice president of a media production company on his Twitter account, shared a series of photos of the damage that the bullet did to two books — one titled Great Medieval Thinkers and the other with its title obscured.

“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,” he said.

A Reddit user with the handle ‘thejasond123′ who posted the same photos wrote a similar account of the incident and added that he went to the police station and gave them his statement after discovering the bullet in his bag once he arrived home.

Police who rushed to the library fatally shot the suspect but not until three students were injured. All three of the victims are expected to survive.

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Florida State University Gunman Was Lawyer and Former Student

Brendan Sonnone/ Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The gunman who wounded three people at the Florida State University school library early on Thursday was a lawyer who had graduated from FSU, law enforcement said on Thursday.

The alleged gunman was identified as Myron May, sources said.

The gunman opened fire in FSU’s Strozier Library, which was packed with students studying for end of term finals.

An officer responding to the scene fatally wounded the suspected gunman after he fired at police, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer David Northway said at an early morning press conference.

Two of the victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, with one listed in critical condition, the other in stable condition. The third victim received a graze wound, police said.

The university said on its Twitter account that it would remain open on Thursday, but it would not hold classes.

The university sent an emergency alert to students, classifying the incident as a “dangerous situation” and telling students to seek shelter.

University President John Thrasher released a statement following Thursday morning’s shooting.

“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,” Thrasher said in the statement.

“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,” he added.

The shooting was an “isolated incident,” Thrasher said.

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Florida State University Gunman Was Lawyer and Former Student

Brendan Sonnone/ Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The gunman who wounded three people at the Florida State University school library early on Thursday was a lawyer who had graduated from FSU, law enforcement said on Thursday.

The alleged gunman was identified as Myron May, sources said.

The gunman opened fire in FSU’s Strozier Library, which was packed with students studying for end of term finals.

An officer responding to the scene fatally wounded the suspected gunman after he fired at police, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer David Northway said at an early morning press conference.

Two of the victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, with one listed in critical condition, the other in stable condition. The third victim received a graze wound, police said.

The university said on its Twitter account that it would remain open on Thursday, but it would not hold classes.

The university sent an emergency alert to students, classifying the incident as a “dangerous situation” and telling students to seek shelter.

University President John Thrasher released a statement following Thursday morning’s shooting.

“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,” Thrasher said in the statement.

“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,” he added.

The shooting was an “isolated incident,” Thrasher said.

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What Will Happen to Snow Across US After Warmer Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many parts of the country have been pounded with snow and frigid cold this week, but don’t worry: warmer weather is on the way.

So what happens to all that snow? After another snowfall forecast for Thursday afternoon, some places near Buffalo, New York, could see up to nine feet of snow in total. That could lead to minor flooding when the snow starts to melt, made worse because of snow covering drains, according to ABC News weather experts.

Ten inches of snow converts to about one inch of liquid water when it all melts. But what’s slamming Buffalo isn’t regular snow — it’s lake-effect snow, which is lighter and fluffier, and contains less water. So it would take between 20 and 30 inches of lake-effect snow for about one inch of liquid water.

That’s only if all of the snow melts, which experts don’t expect will happen. By Sunday, the country warms up: afternoon temperatures will hit 51 degrees in New York, 81 degrees in Orlando, Florida, 50 degrees in Chicago and 67 degrees in Atlanta.

But colder weather returns on Tuesday, and only part of the snow will have melted by then.

Rain is also expected in the Buffalo area early next week, which could add to any flooding and also put extra pressure on rooftops already covered in snow.

Some residents in upstate New York have been snowed in at home for more than two days — or, even worse, stuck in their cars or at work. A 132-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway remains closed on Thursday as emergency workers furiously try to clear the snow.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said on Wednesday that more than 5,000 tons of snow has already been removed from south Buffalo.

And Buffalo Bills fans are also hard at work trying to shovel out the stadium in time for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The team said they will need to clear 220,000 tons of snow in order for the game to happen. The Bills are paying fans $10 per hour to help shovel, plus free game tickets.

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Florida State University Student’s Books Saved His Life

Jason Derfuss(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A student who was leaving the Florida State University library just as a shooter opened fire realized later that he had been the gunman’s first target.

Jason Derfuss, an FSU student, posted photos online showing a bullet that went through his backpack and was stopped only by a couple of books that he had just checked out for a research project.

“I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first,” Derfuss wrote on his Facebook profile page. “The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. 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.”

Derfuss, who identifies himself as the vice president of a media production company on his Twitter account, shared a series of photos of the damage that the bullet did to two books — one titled Great Medieval Thinkers and the other with its title obscured.

“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,” he said.

A Reddit user with the handle ‘thejasond123′ who posted the same photos wrote a similar account of the incident and added that he went to the police station and gave them his statement after discovering the bullet in his bag once he arrived home.

Police who rushed to the library fatally shot the suspect but not until three students were injured. All three of the victims are expected to survive.

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Florida State University Gunman Was Lawyer and Former Student

Brendan Sonnone/ Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The gunman who wounded three people at the Florida State University school library early on Thursday was a lawyer who had graduated from FSU, law enforcement said on Thursday.

The alleged gunman was identified as Myron May, sources said.

The gunman opened fire in FSU’s Strozier Library, which was packed with students studying for end of term finals.

An officer responding to the scene fatally wounded the suspected gunman after he fired at police, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer David Northway said at an early morning press conference.

Two of the victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, with one listed in critical condition, the other in stable condition. The third victim received a graze wound, police said.

The university said on its Twitter account that it would remain open on Thursday, but it would not hold classes.

The university sent an emergency alert to students, classifying the incident as a “dangerous situation” and telling students to seek shelter.

University President John Thrasher released a statement following Thursday morning’s shooting.

“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,” Thrasher said in the statement.

“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,” he added.

The shooting was an “isolated incident,” Thrasher said.

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What Will Happen to Snow Across US After Warmer Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many parts of the country have been pounded with snow and frigid cold this week, but don’t worry: warmer weather is on the way.

So what happens to all that snow? After another snowfall forecast for Thursday afternoon, some places near Buffalo, New York, could see up to nine feet of snow in total. That could lead to minor flooding when the snow starts to melt, made worse because of snow covering drains, according to ABC News weather experts.

Ten inches of snow converts to about one inch of liquid water when it all melts. But what’s slamming Buffalo isn’t regular snow — it’s lake-effect snow, which is lighter and fluffier, and contains less water. So it would take between 20 and 30 inches of lake-effect snow for about one inch of liquid water.

That’s only if all of the snow melts, which experts don’t expect will happen. By Sunday, the country warms up: afternoon temperatures will hit 51 degrees in New York, 81 degrees in Orlando, Florida, 50 degrees in Chicago and 67 degrees in Atlanta.

But colder weather returns on Tuesday, and only part of the snow will have melted by then.

Rain is also expected in the Buffalo area early next week, which could add to any flooding and also put extra pressure on rooftops already covered in snow.

Some residents in upstate New York have been snowed in at home for more than two days — or, even worse, stuck in their cars or at work. A 132-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway remains closed on Thursday as emergency workers furiously try to clear the snow.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said on Wednesday that more than 5,000 tons of snow has already been removed from south Buffalo.

And Buffalo Bills fans are also hard at work trying to shovel out the stadium in time for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The team said they will need to clear 220,000 tons of snow in order for the game to happen. The Bills are paying fans $10 per hour to help shovel, plus free game tickets.

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Florida State University Student’s Books Saved His Life

Jason Derfuss(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A student who was leaving the Florida State University library just as a shooter opened fire realized later that he had been the gunman’s first target.

Jason Derfuss, an FSU student, posted photos online showing a bullet that went through his backpack and was stopped only by a couple of books that he had just checked out for a research project.

“I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first,” Derfuss wrote on his Facebook profile page. “The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. 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.”

Derfuss, who identifies himself as the vice president of a media production company on his Twitter account, shared a series of photos of the damage that the bullet did to two books — one titled Great Medieval Thinkers and the other with its title obscured.

“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,” he said.

A Reddit user with the handle ‘thejasond123′ who posted the same photos wrote a similar account of the incident and added that he went to the police station and gave them his statement after discovering the bullet in his bag once he arrived home.

Police who rushed to the library fatally shot the suspect but not until three students were injured. All three of the victims are expected to survive.

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Florida State University Gunman Was Lawyer and Former Student

Brendan Sonnone/ Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The gunman who wounded three people at the Florida State University school library early on Thursday was a lawyer who had graduated from FSU, law enforcement said on Thursday.

The alleged gunman was identified as Myron May, sources said.

The gunman opened fire in FSU’s Strozier Library, which was packed with students studying for end of term finals.

An officer responding to the scene fatally wounded the suspected gunman after he fired at police, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer David Northway said at an early morning press conference.

Two of the victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, with one listed in critical condition, the other in stable condition. The third victim received a graze wound, police said.

The university said on its Twitter account that it would remain open on Thursday, but it would not hold classes.

The university sent an emergency alert to students, classifying the incident as a “dangerous situation” and telling students to seek shelter.

University President John Thrasher released a statement following Thursday morning’s shooting.

“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,” Thrasher said in the statement.

“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,” he added.

The shooting was an “isolated incident,” Thrasher said.

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