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Students Gather On FSU's Campus After Library Shooting

Students on Florida State's Landis Green.
Students on Florida State's Landis Green.
Students on Florida State's Landis Green.
Credit Nick Evans
Students on Florida State's Landis Green.

Florida State University students gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday morning after a gunman opened fire at the school’s main library.

A long quad called Landis Green stretches out in front of Strozier Library, the site of last night’s shooting.  On most sunny days there are groups of people walking to class or chatting on benches, but today it was a meeting place for hundreds of rattled and mourning students.  Shortly before noon, school officials turned off the fountain for a moment of silence.  Sophomore Gillian Newman says it was a moving tribute.

“You just don’t think it could happen so close to home,” Newman says. “You think that [on] this beautiful campus that nothing bad could happen, but it’s really eye-opening.  But I’m grateful that we’re all here to support each other.”

Tallahassee Police will release further information on the incident later this afternoon.

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