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Nov. 21, 2014, 10:38 AM EST / Updated Nov. 22, 2014, 12:44 PM EST
FSU Shooting Gunman’s Motive Remains Unclear
Hours before he opened fire at the Florida State University library, lawyer Myron May left a desperate voicemail for an acquaintance with this plea: “I do not want to die in vain.”
The message was part of a flurry of emails, texts and phone calls in which the former prosecutor laid bare his torment: He believed government “stalkers” were harassing him and using a “direct energy weapon” to hurt him. He said that he had sent packages to 10 people that would “expose” what he thought was happening to him.
Police have said that May, 31, a Florida State graduate, was in a paranoia-fueled “state of crisis” when he showed up to the library with a .380 semiautomic pistol, shot three people and was then killed by cops when he would not drop the weapon.
His social media activity revealed that he believed he was a “targeted individual,” the term used by people who think the government and shadowy gangs are attacking them with mind control and invisible, remote weapons.
Florida State University Shooting, Tallahassee, Florida — (Baum Hedlund)
Myron Deshawn May, a former Florida State honor student and successful attorney, shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police on November 20, 2014. He had been prescribed the antidepressant Wellbutrin and Vyvanse, an amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). May’s autopsy blood test found amphetamine levels indicating he was using amphetamines.
May’s descent into madness under the influence of psychiatric drugs was the subject of the documentary Speed Demons: Dying for Attention.