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Reflecting on third anniversary of Strozier Library shooting

Reflecting on third anniversary of Strozier Library shooting
Reflecting on third anniversary of Strozier Library shooting
Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 13:07:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - November 20, 2014 -- a date Florida State University and Tallahassee will likely never forget.

Just after midnight, a gunman opened fire, shooting three people.

31-year old Myron may entered the Strozier Library, shooting two students and one employee. Campus police, along with the Tallahassee Police Department responded, ultimately killing May outside of the library when he refused to drop his gun.

The shooter was unable to get inside the library, where he could've hurt many more people.

In a situation like that, where there's an active shooter and no one around with a concealed weapon, how do you protect yourself? Charlie Strickland with Talon Training Group says you need to be "situationally aware."

"You need to know your surroundings. You need to have an escape route planned," said Strickland. "You need to be thinking about, if something did happen, can you barricade yourself? Can you hide yourself? How can you get away -- an avenue of retreat? So, the first thing to try to do is to get away and to have a plan to get there."

Strickland says if you can't run, then you'll need to either hide or fight as a last resort. He says do whatever you need to in order to protect your life.

And since that shooting Ronny Ahmed, an FSU student paralyzed after being shot, sued the university for damages in excess of $15,000. Ahmed claims the university failed to provide a significant amount of security to deter crime.

According to the August complaint, FSU denied liability for the incident, saying Ahmed's injuries were the result of the shooter's actions.

FSU says that if the lawsuit can't be dismissed, the case should go before a jury.