FSU gunman sent packages before shooting, acquaintance says
(CNN) — The man identified as the gunman who wounded three people at Florida State University’s library apparently sent packages to several acquaintances before the shooting, according to one of them.
Agents from the FBI’s Houston office have received a package sent by Myron May and determined that it contained nothing hazardous, Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said. Its contents aren’t being made public, she said.
Joe Paul of Washington, D.C., said Friday that a postal inspector had also called him to let him know he also had received a package from May. He doesn’t know what’s inside, except that it’s nothing dangerous.
Paul told CNN on Friday that May had asked him and eight others for their mailing addresses in a November 15 Facebook message.
“I really thought it was a wedding invitation or something,” he said. “On Wednesday at 9:53 (p.m.), he said y’all should receive your packages Friday. Then I went to sleep and woke up to tragedy.”
May, 31, fired shots in FSU’s Strozier Library around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, wounding three of the 300 or 400 students inside — one of them critically, police said.
Cell phone video posted online captured the moments after the shooting, in which students huddled inside the packed library.
Officers who encountered May outside shot him when he refused to drop his weapon, police say.
“The suspect did not comply with the commands and actually shot at one of the officers,” Tallahassee police spokesman David Northway said. “They returned fire, and the subject was killed.”
Two of the students wounded in the shooting were hospitalized Thursday at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, one in critical condition, according to the hospital. The third shooting victim, who was grazed by a bullet, was treated at the scene and not hospitalized.
Paul’s package from May, a 2005 FSU graduate, appears to be in a standard Postal Service Priority Mail envelope, based on a photograph Paul said May sent him as confirmation of its delivery.
It was scheduled to arrive Friday, Paul said. But he is traveling and will not be home.
He has called FSU and Tallahassee police about the package but does not know what will happen to it.
“One of two things will happen,” he said. “It will be there when I get back, or someone said the FBI or police may intercept it.”
Dunlap said Friday that the Houston package may first go to a lab for analysis, but will eventually go to the Tallahassee Police Department, the lead agency in the investigation of Thursday’s shooting.
‘Fears of being targeted’
Tallahassee police declined Friday to comment on the packages or what they contain.
Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo, did however, tell reporters Thursday that May had a journal and videos in which he “expressed fears of being targeted and that he wanted to bring attention to this issue of targeting.”
A preliminary review of these documents and videos demonstrates “that Mr. May was in a state of crisis,” DeLeo said.
In September, May called police in Las Cruces, New Mexico, convinced that someone had placed cameras in his apartment and complaining that he was hearing voices through the walls, according to an incident report provided by the department.
A month later, his ex-girlfriend called police, saying May believed “the police are after him and are bugging his phone and car,” according to another incident report.
‘He did his job with distinction’
May worked briefly as a felony prosecutor in Dona Ana, New Mexico, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said.
“He did his job with distinction and honor,” D’Antonio said Thursday.
He abruptly resigned on October 16 in a letter that made no mention of any troubles, D’Antonio said.
Paul, who knew May from their days at FSU and had kept in touch over Facebook, said he doesn’t think May would want to hurt him. He hopes that what’s inside the package will shed some light on what happened.
“I hope it’s the answer to why,” he said.