Yoga studio shooting: Class members tackled gunman who killed two women

Frederick Owens
November 6, 2018

Police who rushed to the Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee on Friday afternoon after reports of gunfire found four other people with bullet wounds and the body of the 40-year-old assailant, Scott Beierle, who had apparently shot himself.

A mass shooter in Tallahassee, Florida killed two people and wounded five on Friday night before killing himself, police said.

Mr Alex Redding, a patron at a bar downstairs from the studio, said people came inside seeking assistance, saying a man had been acting strangely inside the yoga studio and then began shooting during the class, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Two women who were wounded in the shooting remained hospitalized in stable condition on Saturday, police said.

Some at the studio attempted to stop the shooter as he fired, police say.

City spokeswoman Alison Faris tells news outlets that the suspect fatally shot himself.

"Casey and I are praying for the families", he said. A FSU police report shows that Beierle told police he may accidentally bumped into someone, but denied grabbing anyone.

In a statement, police said Beierle was staying in a local hotel at the time of the attack, and that investigators were also searching his home in Deltona, Florida, more than 200 miles (322 km) southeast of Tallahassee.

Yoga teachers in the small capitol city - and around the country - were stunned and horrified that such a violent act could unfold in a place intended for tranquility, healing and nonviolence.

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They reportedly told him the shooter was a tall man with a beard.

Van Vessem was an internist who served as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan.

"We just heard "pow, pow, pow, pow", he said.

A search of court records from Leon County, Fla., indicates that a man named Scott Paul Beierle born in 1978 was the defendant in two battery cases - one in 2012 and one in 2016 - and the defendant in a case of trespassing in 2014. Police have also obtained multiple search warrants on his electronic devices and social media profiles. When he loaded his gun, people started pounding the studio's windows to warn people.

Mayor of Tallahassee and Florida Governor candidate Andrew Gillum said: "I'm deeply appreciative of law enforcement's quick response to the shooting at the yoga facility in Tallahassee".

The man who shot and killed two people in a Tallahassee yoga studio appears to have made a series of racist and misogynistic videos four years ago.

All three had connections to Florida State University - Beierle a former student, Dr Van Vessem an employee and Ms Binkley a current student - but it is unclear if they knew one another.

"Obviously we're all very sad and in shock by the events that occurred", DeLeo said.

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