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3 students shot at Florida State University; Gunman killed by police ID'd

<p> A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three students at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.</p><p> [RAW VIDEO:  <a href="/news/raw-video-shows-fsu-shooting-victim/29835388" target="_blank">FSU shooting victim in library</a>]</p><p> Tallahassee police have now confirmed the shooter was Myron May. He was fatally shot early Thursday after he shot three people at the Florida State library. Two are hospitalized and one has been released.</p><p> Police originally said May shot at officers, but when asked about it Thursday afternoon, they said they're now interviewing the officers involved to see exactly what happened. They did say May was shot after police engaged him and he refused to surrender.</p><p> Abigail Taunton told the AP that May had recently been staying at a guest house she owns in a rural area in the Florida Panhandle. She said police interviewed her husband, David, after the shooting.</p><p> Shooting victims</p><p> Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has identified one of the victims as Nathan Scott. Officials said he is in good condition and is recovering from being shot in the leg.</p><p> Florida State University students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after May opened fire.</p><p> Video taken by student Sarah Evans inside the library recorded her interaction with one of the victims.</p><p> "This is serious. There's a man with a gun in the library," the victim said.  "He came in and shot me in the leg."</p><p> "Are you serious?" Evans responded. </p><p> "Yeah," he said.</p><p> "Oh, my God. Are you OK?" Evans said.</p><p> "It's bleeding. It hurts," he replied.</p><p> </p><p> Campus officers later shot the gunman to death after they asked him to drop his handgun, and he opened fire at them, authorities said.</p><p> "This is an isolated incident and one person acting alone," Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo said later. "There's no indication of any further threat to anybody."</p><p> "Obviously everyone wants to know why," DeLeo added. "That's the hard answer we're going to continue to investigate."</p><p> The five officers involved in the shooting were placed on routine paid administrative leave.</p><p> Who is Myron May?</p><p> May graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school.</p><p> Officers said they're learning from May's journals and videos, that he believed he was being targeted by the government and wanted to bring attention to that issue. They said the writings show he was in a state of crisis.</p><p> May was a 31-year-old alumnus and lawyer who most recently lived in New Mexico before he moved back to Florida several weeks ago.</p><p> Police are interviewing 20 to 25 witnesses in the shooting, and have executed a search warrant on May's car and cellphone.</p><p> Gunfire at 'packed' library</p><p> The shooting started shortly after midnight either inside or near the library at the school in Tallahassee. The library is open 24 hours.</p><p> "The library was packed," said Mary Coburn, the vice president of student affairs. About 300 to 400 students were inside, studying for final exams.</p><p> "If there's any positive news we can take from this occurrence is that the victim count was not greater," said the city's Mayor-elect Andrew Gillum.</p><p> The school sent out a text to students, warning them to take refuge and stay away from windows.</p><p> "FSU alert dangerous situation main campus-Tallahassee," it read. "Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows."</p><p> Students shoved tables and book shelves against doors to barricade themselves.</p><p> 'The entire campus is empty'</p><p> A cellphone video posted online -- purportedly from inside the library -- showed students sitting in library aisle listening intently to a voice over the loudspeakers.</p><p> "There has been a shooting in the library. Stay where you are. We'll be coming to each floor and clearing and taking care of anybody.   If anybody has a victim. If anybody has been shot, call 911 on your cellphone.   If you know of somebody that has a gun or if you know of anybody that has been shot, call 911."</p><p> Perry Kostidakis, a sports editor for the campus newspaper, told CNN the library was surrounded for a time.</p><p> "The entire campus is empty; I've seen one or two people come up and look at the scene. Everyone who is in a campus building is under lockdown right now. Policemen are still surrounding the library."</p><p> 'It was very scary'</p><p> Graduate student Alex Lauren said students were escorted from the library to the first floor of a nearby building, where they continued hearing gunshots. They were told to wait for a bus to take them away from campus as armed police stood nearby.</p><p> "It was very scary ... I'm more heartbroken more than anything else," she said. "It's sad, my heart goes out to the people affected."</p><p> Florida State is one of the top research universities in the nation. It has about 40,000 students spread out in various campuses in the city, and is also considered one of the nation's top-ranked football teams.</p><p> As the incident unfolded, anxious students sent tweets and text messages to loved ones.</p><p> "There's a man with a gun in the library," Samantha Sillick said in a text to her father. "I love you."</p><p> In the aftermath of the shooting, FSU canceled all Thursday classes and testing, the school's Twitter account said.</p><p> "The Florida State University community is extremely saddened by the shootings that took place early this morning at Strozier Library, in the very heart of campus, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those who have been affected," University President John Thrasher said.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:46:54 GMT

Woman found guilty of 2nd-degree murder in estranged husband's 2010 death

<p> A woman who was on trial for the shooting death of her estranged husband at an Oviedo home in 2010 was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder.</p><p> Anita Smithey broke down after hearing the verdict.</p><p> She claimed Robert Cline raped her and stabbed her and that she was defending herself. But prosecutors argued that Smithey stabbed herself in the stomach to make it look like an act of self-defense.</p><p> Smithey will be sentenced Feb. 2.<br/></p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:30:19 GMT

Girl placed in scalding hot water, burned, Cocoa police say

<p> A 20-year-old woman was arrested Thursday after she placed her crying 3-year-old daughter in scalding hot water, authorities said.</p><p> <a href="http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/11/20/police-cocoa-mom-deliberately-scalded-child/70012268/" target="_blank">Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported</a> Sanika Tykeria Murray, 20, was charged with aggravated child abuse after doctors and other medical experts treating the severely burned 3-year-old child determined the injuries were deliberately inflicted.</p><p> The incident happened Aug. 17. The girl was sent first to Wuesthoff Hospital for treatment, but then was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in Orlando. Florida Today reports she was later flown to the Shriners Hospital for Children's Burn Center, in Ohio, for specialized treatment.</p><p> The incident caused burns to more than 40 percent of the 3-year-old girl's body, authorities said.</p><p> "We don't have a motive. (Murray's) story has changed a couple of times, but the reason why we have a delayed arrest is because we had to wait for the burn experts to determine that these were inflicted injuries and not something accidental," Barbara Matthews, spokeswoman with the Cocoa Police Department, told Florida Today.</p><p> The medical investigators at the Cincinnati hospital also determined the child had a secondary burn on her body that appears to have happened about the same time, Matthews said. The girl is recovering but also had a severe infection in one leg, according to the police report. The child's prognosis for recovery was not immediately known.</p><p> Detectives said they attempted to talk Thursday with Murray, but she would not cooperate or answer any questions. She was expected to be turned over to the Brevard County Jail Complex later Thursday.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:02:53 GMT

Security strengthened at UCF campus after FSU shooting

<p> The shooting at Florida State University is already having an impact at the University of Central Florida.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:38:30 GMT

6 teens arrested in alleged gang rape near Winter Springs High School

<p> Five teens who were arrested in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl near Winter Springs High School will remain in juvenile detention until at least December.</p><p> Tywuan Johnson, 17, of Sanford; Josea Sims, 17, of Sanford; Deoante Stewart, 17, of Sanford; Marquis Pierre, 16, of Winter Springs; and Tobert Alexander, 16, of Sanford; were all arrested on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment, police announced Wednesday.</p><p> On Thursday, a judge ruled that all five juveniles will remain in detention until their next court hearing, which was scheduled for Dec. 8.</p><p> Torreano Batton, 18, of Sanford, was also ordered to be held on no bond at the Seminole County jail.</p><p> <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/girl-raped-by-5-to-7-male-juveniles-near-winter-springs-high-school-police-say/29727958" target="_blank">Police said the assault occurred on Thursday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. </a>in a wooded area near Winter Springs High School, near State Road 434 and Tuscawilla Road.</p><p> The arrest report, which was released Wednesday night, states that the victim went to cut through the woods with Batton to get something to eat when Johnson and Pierre decided to join them.</p><p> In the woods, the victim said all three demanded she perform sexual acts on them, refusing to let her go. She said she complied and continued on to the nearby McDonald's.</p><p> When she returned alone, she said Johnson pulled her back into the woods where all six teens were waiting for her. She said they forced her to perform sexual acts on them while two of them had sexual intercourse with her.</p><p> Winter Springs police said she managed to record part of the ordeal on her iPod. The video shows several black males asking for sex in the woods.</p><p> Police said investigators can clearly hear her say, "No," and, "I want to go back to school."</p><p> The victim left the scene and told her parents, which sparked a week-long investigation.</p><p> "Before this police department goes and puts handcuffs on anybody for something that's going to follow them, particularly for the rest of their lives, we need to make damn sure it occurred, or at least that we have enough probable cause that it occurred," said Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle.</p><p> All six teenagers were jailed and will make their first court appearance Thursday.  Batton has a criminal record that includes arrests on charges of aggravated battery on a person over the age of 65, molesting a 12-year-old and possession of marijuana.</p><p> Seminole County Public Schools said it could not comment on any discipline the students may face.</p><p> "School officials have been notified by the Winter Springs Police Department of the arrest of several young men. We cannot be specific as to any action taken by the school due to student confidentiality. Additionally, the school system has appropriate programs in place to meet the needs of any affected students," a representative with SCPS said.</p><p> Dr. Mickey Reynolds, the principal of Winter Springs High School, posted a letter Monday on the school's website stating, "If any WSHS students are arrested and charged with a crime, we will react swiftly in accordance with our district discipline policy."</p><p> "Prior to making these arrests, the Winter Springs Police Department painstakingly processed relevant facts, evidence and conducted interviews with several people to determine that solid and proper charges were filed against those allegedly responsible for this crime," the police agency said in a news release.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:41:53 GMT

Historic snowfall buries parts of New York

<p> Areas of upstate New York are buried under more than 6 feet of snow -- and more is on its way.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:15:00 GMT

Talkin' Turkey: Thanksgiving Day Laughs!

<p> Stuff yourself with a joke or two as you get ready to kick off your Thanksgiving holiday. </p>

Published: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 22:38:33 GMT

Accidental shooting leads to felony charges for clerk, deputies say

<p> A store clerk is facing two felony charges after an apparent accidental shooting Thursday morning in DeLeon Springs, police said.</p><p> A 20-year-old employee, Eduar Martinez, said that when his friend, 23-year-old Nicholas Alligood, came into Joy Grocery Store on North U.S. Highway 17, Martinez picked up a .380-caliber gun kept at the store for security and began handling it.</p><p> Martinez said he had previously pointed the firearm at someone else jokingly and did the same to Alligood just to see his reaction. Not realizing the firearm was loaded, Martinez said the gun discharged and struck Alligood at close range in the shoulder.</p><p> Deputies arrived at the scene about a minute-and-a-half after the call was made, finding Alligood on the floor bleeding. He reportedly alert at the scene but was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he is now in critical condition.</p><p> Martinez told deputies the store owner had warned him before not to play with the gun.</p><p> When deputies asked Martinez if the two had been arguing he said, "No, we were playing."</p><p> After investigating, Martinez was arrested on charges of attempted manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.</p><p> Martinez is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach in Daytona on a $50,000 bond.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:01:02 GMT

Double-fatal crash blocks I-75 in Marion County

<p> A double-fatal crash blocked Interstate 75 in Ocala on Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.</p><p> [PHOTOS:  <a href="/entertainment/social-local/fatal-crash-shuts-down-i75/29838656" target="_blank">Double-fatal crash blocks I-75</a>]</p><p> The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 341, the exit for County Road 484, troopers said.</p><p> The southbound lanes of I-75 were blocked because of the crash, which involved a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer, according to troopers.</p><p> The names of the victims have not been released.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:20:47 GMT

Local 6's Matt Austin chosen as one of 'sexiest anchors'

<p> People magazine selects Local 6's Matt Austin as one of the "sexiest anchors alive."</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:26:07 GMT

Woman who took photo with stolen credit card arrested

<p> The woman who grabbed headlines after police say, she took a picture with a stolen credit card, has been arrested.</p><p> According to the Ocala Star-Banner, Mashana Harris, 26, was arrested Tuesday at the Super 8 Motel off State Road 40.</p><p> In August, investigators say Harris used a stolen credit card to  buy more than $400 worth of products at a beauty supply store.</p><p> The clerk was suspicious and asked Harris to take a photo. That picture then went viral.</p><p> She has since bonded out of jail.</p><p> Harris is currently facing fraud charges.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:24:40 GMT

Teacher hit in Deltona school car line out of ICU

<p> A Volusia County elementary school teacher crushed by two cars in October is now out of ICU.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/condition-of-teacher-pinned-between-cars-at-school-upgraded/29595812" target="_self">Injured teacher's condition upgraded</a> | <a href="/news/volusia-school-district-reviewing-procedures-after-teacher-pinned-between-cars/29017916" target="_self">District reviewing after teacher hurt</a>]</p><p> The 39-year-old Timbercrest teacher, Wendy Scorpio, has been hospitalized since the accident in October. An 18-year-old's car lurched forward while students were leaving school on Oct. 7, pinning Scorpio to another vehicle.</p><p> The family's personal injury attorney, Andrew Jones, told Local 6 that Scorpio is not out of the woods and could have permanent injuries.</p><p> "Obviously, it crushed a lot of her lower extremities, so there is going to be a lot of things, as simple as walking, that will be tougher for her." Jones said. "She's not going to be able to do some things many of us take for granted like playing with her children on the ground, picking up her children, running with her children."</p><p> "I know she's talked to the family about it, but we haven't tried to press her to talk to too many people about the case because it's not only a physical injury, it is also emotional and spiritually challenging," said Jones.</p><p> The family is asking for prayer and accepting assistance with medical bills through Surety Bank under the Wendy Scorpio Fund.</p><p> Jones said as of Monday the mother of two was moved to another part of the hospital.</p><p> "I know she's talked to the family about it, you know, we haven't tried to press her to talk to too many people about the case because it's not only a physical injury, it's emotional, it's spiritual," said Jones.</p><p> The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said charges against the 18-year-old driver have not been determined yet.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:14:47 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:23:44 GMT

Notable deaths of 2014

<p> From legendary actors to fashion designers, take a look at the most notable deaths of 2014.</p>

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:12:15 GMT