Madison Native In Strozier Library When Shooting Occurred

In the early morning hours of Nov. 20, a man who police have identified as Myron May, entered Florida State University’s Strozier Library and began to fire at students. Panic ensued, students ran to take shelter and parents from all over were receiving terrifying phone calls and text messages in the middle of the night. The perpetrator was cornered by police when he exited the building. They instructed him to drop his weapon but, instead, he fired at the officers. Police responded and May was fatally shot. Three students were injured by May’s bullets. One was treated on scene and released. Two remain in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, one of which is paralyzed from the waist down.

Photo Submitted Chris McHargue, son of Steven and Jan McHargue of Madison.

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Chris McHargue, son of Steven and Jan McHargue of Madison.

Chris McHargue, is the son of Steve and Jan McHargue, of Madison, and is a Madison County High School graduate. Chris was on the second floor of Strozier Library when chaos struck.

I heard a lot of students running up the stairs screaming there’s a guy with a gun,” said McHargue.

Despite the initial terror, McHargue asserts the police were there to control the situation quickly.

“The FSU police did a great job controlling the situation,” said McHargue. “The group I was with was searched three times before being escorted to the Bellamy building.”

McHargue continued, “The building (Strozier) was cleared one floor at a time starting with the ground floor. Students were escorted out in a single file line and we were all instructed to keep our hands above our heads.”

McHargue is rattled and deeply saddened by the event.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured,” said McHargue. “I think the laws that are in place need to be amended to allow library security to carry guns. If the security guards were allowed to carry guns then the story line could have been much different.”

The Dalai Lama once said, “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways; either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” Chris McHargue, despite the traumatic events he witnessed, has remained exceptionally strong and is continuing with his daily routine and commitments. Let us all remain strong for FSU, the students involved and our nation as a whole. First and foremost, continue to pray for those who have been injured.

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Savannah Reams

Written by Savannah Reams