‘God Saved Me’: Student Narrowly Escapes Bullet in Florida State University Shooting

DerfussTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A student at Florida State University is glorifying God after he narrowly escaped a bullet that ended up tearing through his backpack on Thursday when a gunman opened fire in the school’s library.

Jason Derfuss, 21, posted about the incident on his Facebook page today, explaining that the incident took place just as he was about to leave the library.

“[T]he shooter targeted me first,” he wrote. “The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all.”

Derfuss said that instead, the bullet entered into his backpack and pierced through a book he had just borrowed on the teachings of John Wyclif.

“He was about 5 feet from me, but he hit my books,” he recalled. “Books one minute earlier I had checked out of the library, books that should not have stopped the bullet. But they did.”

But Durfuss said that he did’t even realize that he had been struck until hours later when he opened his backpack and saw the bullet hole in the book, along with the shrapnel inside.

“I assumed I wasn’t a target; I assumed I was fine,” he explained. “The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened.”

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“There is no way I should be alive,” the student added to NBC News. “It’s crazy: One minute I am checking out books, and the next I am crying on my bedroom floor thinking I shouldn’t be alive. Those books saved me, and God saved me.”

Three other students were injured in the incident—one of which is in critical condition—and the gunman was ultimately killed by police.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters today that the gunman has been identified as 2005 graduate Myron May, who recently moved back to the area. May entered the library with a handgun at approximately 12:30 a.m. and began to shoot at the estimated 300 to 400 students that were studying for their finals.

One of Derfuss’ books that was ripped through by May’s bullet

Some students stated that they didn’t realize the attack was for real at first, but seconds later, quickly began scrambling for cover. Numerous calls were made to 911, and announcements were made over the intercom for students to “stay where [they] are.” In the meantime, frightened students inside the library texted their loved ones to notify them that a gunman was inside the building, adding in case their words would be their last, “I love you.”

As police arrived on the scene, they confronted May as he was about to leave the building. He was shot dead.

“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 wrote in a statement on Thursday. “The three students who have been injured are our highest priority followed by the needs of our greater university community. We will do everything possible to assist with their recovery.”

Photos: Facebook

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  • pjwung

    Seems like this madness will never end now that Pandora’s box was opened at Columbine HS. Need metal detectors everywhere, more security measures implemented, more armed security officers stationed strategically and they need to be omnipresent and highly visible. A sad state of affairs but this is a new age of wanton violence, global chaos, lack of values throughout the culture, poor parenting, single parent families, rampant hostility and attacks upon others as well as many other issues all of which contribute to these bizarre and completely unprovoked acts of violence. We are no longer even surprised let alone shocked by these attacks upon youth studying in school systems and universities. It has become nearly common place which is mind bending from a historical perspective given that schools, churches, etc. were for the most part safe havens from such insane violence and sociopaths. Nowadays students and parents fear for the lives of their children and their general welfare when just going to school becomes life threatening for goodness sakes. Where is it all going?? Do I believe that God saved this young man – sure I do – why not and what were the chances of his escaping – zero to none perhaps….

    • Pax Humana

      We do NOT need more metal detectors! What we DO need are more morals, the kicking out of the bums that have screwed up the educational system, the kicking out of religious ritualism promoters, and the return to the TRUE Jewish and Christian values that this country was founded on in the first place and to also let it spread to the government and to society as a whole, period, full stop.

    • snowmobilejer

      I agree with you. It’s too late for our country unfortunately. The balance has tipped away from God. Unless major revival occurs, there is no hope for things to improve, only worsen.

  • Gun control, metal detector a but most importantly the readinG of the scriptures daily before each class. Seriously we need to focus on a Real solution.

  • This article needs to clarify that the book which stopped the bullet is on the great Protestant Reformer, John Wycliffe… and John Wycliffe was the first person to ever translate the Bible into English. That’s the book God used to stop the bullet.

    I am also an F.S.U. Alumnus, and former campus ministry group leader at F.S.U.

  • 4everlife

    The best protection for every believer in Jesus Christ – Psalm 91!
    We truly need this form of security in these last of the last days.