myron may

Myron May

*Police say they have a journal and videos that indicate a gunman who shot three students at Florida State University’s library believed the government had targeted him.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said Thursday that Myron May was armed with a .380 semi-automatic handgun and reloaded at least once. DeLeo said May tried to get past security barriers before he was fatally shot by officers.

DeLeo said May and officers exchanged more than 30 shots.

May graduated from Florida State and then the law school at Texas Tech. He had been working as a lawyer in Texas and New Mexico before recently returning to Florida.

Keith Jones, an educator in Kansas, was roommates with Myron May as Jones attended Florida A&M University and May attended Florida State. They became friends after both joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and later became roommates. Both graduated in 2005.

Jones told USA Today that May moved back to Wewahitchka within the past two or three weeks.

“He was really smart and extremely hard working, “Jones said. “There is more to his mental health (status) that may have caused some of this. He was taking medications which caused paranoia. He used to see a therapist on a regular basis. He thought people were spying on him.”

Jones said May had moved to New Mexico, where he was working with the district attorney’s office, had a girlfriend and seemed to be doing OK.

“But he quit his job, he left his girlfriend and moved to Wewahitchka just a few weeks ago where his grandmother lived,” Jones said.

Jones said he and May have stayed in touch regularly and that the two talked on Sunday. They discussed Jones’s family and kids. He said that while May had some issues, there no indication of anything that would lead up to Thursday’s shooting.

“This guy was making $160,000 to $170,000 with a law firm in Houston before moving to New Mexico,” Jones said.

Jones said that a network of friends knew of May’s mental health struggles, but because of health care restrictions, there was little they could do to approach his therapist or others to interfere on his behalf, especially since May didn’t appear to be a danger to himself.

“People were aware that he was having problems,” Jones said.

“What he did was absolutely terrible,” Jones said of the shooting. “He never had a gun in the 20 years that I’ve known him. He hadn’t shown that he was a danger to (his girlfriend) or to himself. This guy didn’t come there (to FSU) to be malicious. He wasn’t in his right mind to shoot those people and then leave, knowing police would kill him. This is just my opinion.

“He didn’t go to the shooting range. He didn’t own weapons.”

Jones said the incident, which left his best friend dead, sheds light on the plight of those who are suffering mental health issues in this country and that more needs to be done to address mental health issues and the restrictions that now limit others to intervene.

“It’s numbing,” Jones said. “You should know your best friend. But I didn’t see this coming. I don’t think he was well.”

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