When Jason Derfuss checked out a stack of books from Strozier Library at Florida State University Thursday, he never imagined the literary works would save his life. 31-year-old Myron May came to the college and opened fire, wounding three, before being fatally shot by responding officers, but Derfuss never even believed he was a target. However, when Derfuss’ roommate emptied his backpack, he discovered that Derfuss had, in fact, been shot in the back, but the books he had checked from the library just minutes prior to the shooting, actually stopped the bullet.
Derfuss later put the following post on Facebook, along with pictures of the miraculous discovery.
Earlier tonight there was a shooting at FSU, right as I was leaving Strozier. I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first. The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. He was about 5 feet from me, but he hit my books. Books one minute earlier I had checked out of the library, books that should not have stopped the bullet. But they did. I learned this about 3 hours after it happened, I never thought to check my bag. I assumed I wasn’t a target, I assumed I was fine. The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened. I know conceptually He can do all things, but to physically witness the impossible and to be surrounded by such grace is indescribable. To God be the glory, forever and ever, Amen.