Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting Leaves Several Injured & 3 Dead

Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting Leaves Several Injured & 3 Dead

A gunman opened fire at a yoga studio in Tallahasse, Florida, on November 2, 2018.

During a media briefing today, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said four people are in critical condition following the shooting, which took place in a small Tallahassee shopping centre.

Authorities said they do not know why Scott Beierle, 40, opened fire on Friday afternoon after posing as a customer to join the class at the Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee. He also shot and wounded four people before he was tackled by people in the studio, police said.

The shooting occurred Friday evening in an upscale shopping center.

The suspect fatally shot himself, Mr DeLeo said.

A woman who filed a police report against Beierle told The Associated Press on Sunday that she's never forgotten how "creepy" he was. "This monster ruined it".

Florida State University President John Thrasher said Van Vessem and Binkley had ties to the university, the Democrat reported. Authorities in that county were searching his residence there. He declined to say what kind of gun the shooter had. Bohnett said she did not recognize Beierle.

Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, were killed, DeLeo said. Online records show Binkley was from Atlanta. The witness said two or three other people followed, seeking assitence.

Nancy Van Vessem Dr. Nancy Van Vessem was chief medical director for Florida's Capital Health Plan. "We feel this loss profoundly and we send our deepest sympathies to Maura's and Nancy's loved ones while we pray for the recovery of those who were injured".

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In 2012 and 2016 he was arrested for grabbing women's bottoms, although prosecutors later dropped the charges. A FSU police report shows that Beierle told police he may have accidentally bumped into someone, but denied grabbing anyone.

Beierle, a military veteran, also spoke angrily about the idea that women can press charges for his being "aggressive" in his pursuit of women, which he considered a typical "male characteristic". Police did not immediately confirm the link.

"We all feel a sense of added vulnerability", he said. "It sounded like a limb falling on a tin roof and rolling".

Melissa Hutchinson said she helped treat a "profusely" bleeding man who rushed into a bar after the incident.

"I was totally just shocked", she said.

According to The New York Times, Beierle was sympathetic toward Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and wounded 14 others in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara. They told her the shooter kept coming in and out of the studio.

The man eventually stopped in the studio's doorway, pulled a gun from the bag and loaded it in front of the students.

Both governor Rick Scott and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor, broke off from the campaign trail to return to Tallahassee.

At other points, he names girls and women he has known since eighth grade, complaining about their "collective treachery" and saying they can "justify anything if you offend their sensibilities". He lamented his inability to connect with other people - from Army comrades who he said would not travel with him while stationed in Europe to women who refused to go out with him. Gillum also praised Scott, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, for his "care and consideration" in meeting with the victims. His schedule was amended early Saturday.

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