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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.

Officers fatally shot Myron May, 31, during an exchange outside the library about 12:30 a.m. May reloaded at least once and tried to enter the library, where about 450 students were studying for midterm exams, but was blocked by lobby security barriers that permit only students and staff inside, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said.

"Based on our initial review of the documents and his videos and his postings, it's clear that Mr. May's sense of being and place in our community was not what most people would refer to as a normal," DeLeo said. "He had a sense of crisis and he was searching for something."

The shooting sent students scrambling for cover in the book aisles and barricading themselves in with desks amid screams from classmates.

"I ran for my life," said Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, who was on the library's first floor. "I ran right out the backdoor. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don't think about anything else, you just go."

One person is in critical condition and one is in good condition at a local hospital, while the third was released.

May's Facebook page shows he posted mostly Bible verses and links to conspiracy theories about the government reading people's minds.

Records show May was licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.

According to a Las Cruces, New Mexico, police report last month, May was a subject of a harassment complaint after a former girlfriend called to report he came to her home uninvited and claimed police were bugging his house and car. Danielle Nixon told police May recently developed "a severe mental disorder."

"Myron began to ramble and handed her a piece to a car and asked her to keep it because this was a camera that police had put in his vehicle," the report said.

The report also said May recently quit his job and was on medication.

No charges were filed.

Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster home in the Florida Panhandle, told AP that May was staying at a guest house she owns.

"He's just a boy our kids grew up with that we let stay in one of our guest houses for a while," she said. "He's moving back home from Texas and we were trying to help him get on his feet."

"We're just all astounded. We had no idea that he would do something like this," Taunton said. "Obviously, he was not in his right mind."

She said she had known him since he was about 13 or 14 and that he ran cross country with her kids and stayed at her house a lot. She said he lived with his grandmother after coming out of a "bad situation" with his parents. He was born in Dayton, Ohio.

"He was having some financial issues and moved back home and decided he'd come back to Florida to work," she said.

The shooting prompted a campus alert that urged students to take shelter and stay away from doors and windows.

Police responded to a report of a gunman within a minute, and two minutes after the call, officers shot May, according to university police Chief David Perry. DeLeo said more than 30 rounds combined were fired by May and the officers.

Sarah Evans, a senior from Miami, said she was inside the library and heard a male student say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood spreading on his pants leg.

Tallahassee and Florida State police confronted May just outside the library in the middle of campus and ordered him to drop his handgun, but he fired a shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.

Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of May, who was lying face down at the top of a ramp just outside the library. A baseball cap lay nearby.

FSU canceled classes Thursday but said they would resume Friday. The library was also to reopen Friday.

Florida State President John Thrasher was in New York City at the time of the shooting but has returned to campus.

"We're going to get back to normal tomorrow," Thrasher said. "We're moving ahead. We're continuing to pray for the victims and pray for Florida State University, but we're going to get through this with the great family we have."

Gov. Rick Scott had been in South Florida for a meeting with other Republican governors. He returned to Tallahassee where he met with Thrasher.

"The police investigation will answer many of the questions we are asking today, but just like any tragedy the ultimate question of why, we'll never have an answer that satisfies those who loved ones have been injured," Scott said.

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Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government
Seen here in a Facebook profile photo, police identified Florida State University alumnus Myron May as the shooter. 
Florida State University deputy chief Major James Russell talks with the media as police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Thursday Nov 20, 2014. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers according to Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Tallahassee police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Thursday Nov 20, 2014. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers according to Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
A Tallahassee police officer investigates a broken window near a body after a shooting outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Nov 20, 2014. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers according to Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Tallahassee police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Thursday Nov 20, 2014. Officers shot and killed the suspected gunman police said. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Tallahassee police chief Michael Deleo, center, talks with his officers as they investigate a shooting outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Nov 20, 2014. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers according to Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Tallahassee police chief Michael Deleo, left and FSU police chief David Perry talk with the media about a shooting outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. Thursday Nov 20, 2014. Three students were wounded and the gunman was shot and killed by police officers. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
A Tallahassee police officer talks to several students outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, FL. where a shooting occurred Thursday Nov 20, 2014. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
A group of students call their friends still locked down in Strozier Library, background, after a shooting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Police investigate a shooting at Strozier Library on Florida State campus on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rattled tonight by text and call from daughter at #FSU while in library during shooting. Praying for all involved. http://t.co/NnDS1lbfVi
#BREAKING: New photo shows large police response at FSU http://t.co/V2HcdQJ9d4
MORE: Alert at Florida State University urges people to take shelter in nearby building away from doors, windows: http://t.co/9ScMwwQPg9
FSU student @blairstokes tweets,"I thought I was gonna die tonight." http://t.co/FPGywxluas
PHOTO: Officers Clearing The Strozier Library at #FSU After Gunman Attacked The Campus (H/T: @Guillermo10Page) http://t.co/oiLlNiVFSb
Student who was in the library at the time of the #FSU shooting posted some very scary and short Instagram videos. http://t.co/goIMlA2rSw
BREAKING VIDEO Appears To Have Been Taken Inside #FSU Library During Incident: https://t.co/LOvezOxaGl http://t.co/40QUqnkgug
YouTube video appears to show #FSU library announcement by police after shooting https://t.co/zzRT3wEUz2
2 Shot In #FloridaState Library; Witnesses Say Gunman Was Killed By Police - http://t.co/5iV8hZLoJh http://t.co/PFcqRLFRBX
PHOTO: Students outside Strozier Library call friends locked down inside after Florida State University shooting: http://t.co/Je1PsEVWjS
Video shows apparent FSU student describe the moment he heard gunshots ring out on campus: http://t.co/hzUNIsZ6AB
Students at #FSU saying that twitter kept them updated and tonight better than FSU's alert system. http://t.co/Mi11ydBWxk
Currently at FSU #fsushooting #prayersforfsu http://t.co/OFVzJ3YT7r
FSU student body president Stefano Cavallaro giving us passes for classes/tests tomorrow http://t.co/jhjvNIAIOq
Students say a man started shooting at FSU, police told him to put the gun down. He didn't. "They lit him up, man." http://t.co/ZK8vKJfe22
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