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Student says newly-check library books saved him from gunman's bullets

Jason Derfuss was in the Strozier Library Wednesday night checking out a stack of books.

When the gunman aimed and fired at Derfuss five feet away, the bullet missed the FSU senior and lodged inside his backpack and in the books

He never knew what happened -- until three hours later.

Among the books was Great Medieval Thoughts by the 14th Century English dissident and philosopher, John Wyclif. Among his achievements, Wyclif was among the first to translate the Scriptures into Middle English. 

Derfuss concludes it was devine intervention that saved him Wednesday. He described it with pictures on a public post on his Facebook page:

"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."