Three students were wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a Florida university library early this morning. Police say the suspect shot at them and they fired back.  He is dead.


Officers confronted the attacker outside Florida State University's Strozier Library soon after midnight Thursday, ordered him to drop his weapon, then shot him when he fired on them, police said.

Officers found three victims who had suffered gunshot wounds, Tallahassee Police spokesman David Northway said. One was treated on scene for a graze wound and was released, and two were taken to a local hospital.

A spokeswoman at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital said one victim was in critical condition, and the other was stable.

Florida State University Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Coburn said the three victims were students. Police estimated that the library was packed with between 300 and 400 students at the time, many studying for upcoming final exams.

Identities of the shooter and the victims were not immediately released. Police said the gunman acted alone and no further threat was posed to the campus.

An investigation into the possible motive of the shooter was ongoing, police said.