FSU seeks dismissal of library shooting lawsuit – Florida Politics (blog)
Florida State University is asking for a lawsuit filed by a former student paralyzed in a 2014 shooting at the University’s Strozier Library to be dismissed, asserting the school is not liable for the “action of a madman.”
Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed filed a lawsuit in June against FSU in Leon County circuit court, seeking damages in excess of $15,000 for pain and suffering, disability and medical expenses.
The lawsuit alleges Ahmed, who was a 21-year-old biomedical engineering student at the time, was paralyzed from the waist down and has limited use of his right arm following the Nov. 20, 2014, shooting at FSU’s main campus library.
Ahmed was shot outside the library by Myron May, a former FSU student and 31-year-old lawyer who had returned to the campus. After shooting an FSU employee in the leg and wounding another student, May was shot and killed by campus police officers responding to the emergency.
FSU, in a response filed Wednesday to Ahmed’s lawsuit, denied liability for the incident, while asserting Ahmed’s injuries were the result of May’s actions.
“Despite the university’s sympathy for plaintiff and all of the students, employees and other members of the FSU community who were exposed to the shooting, it respectfully denies that it is liable in any sum or manner for the action of a madman,” the court document said.
FSU said campus police officers, aided by local law enforcement, “responded swiftly” to the shooting at Strozier Library “and their decisive actions saved lives.”
“The resources of the university were directed to those affected,” FSU’s response said. “Student safety has always been and remains a top concern of the University.”
May entered the library lobby shortly after midnight but failed to gain access to the main building because he could not get by turnstiles, which required