Yoga Patrons Pounded on Studio's Windows as Gunman Loaded: Witnesses

Gunman kills 2, injures 5 others before killing himself at Tallahassee yoga studio: cops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2018 5:30 AM CDT
They Were Doing Yoga Poses, Until a 'Shocking Moment'
Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo speaks to the press at the scene of a shooting Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.   (Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

In what the City of Tallahassee calls "a gut-wrenching act of violence," a gunman killed two people and wounded five others at a yoga studio in Florida's capital before killing himself Friday evening, officials said. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters Friday night that the man shot six people and pistol-whipped another after walking into the studio, which is part of a small Tallahassee shopping center, per the AP. The suspect then fatally shot himself, DeLeo said. The gunman has been IDed as Scott Paul Beierle, 40, of Deltona, Fla., per CNN. The two victims who were killed have also been identified, DeLeo said: Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21. DeLeo noted that the shooter acted alone and authorities are investigating possible motives. He declined to say what kind of gun the shooter had.

Melissa Hutchinson said she helped treat a "profusely" bleeding man who rushed into a bar after the incident. She said three people from the studio ran in, and they were told there was an active shooter. "It was a shocking moment something happened like this," Hutchinson said. The people who came in were injured, including the bleeding man who was pistol-whipped while trying to stop the shooter. They told her the shooter kept coming in and out of the studio. When he loaded his gun, people started pounding the windows of the studio to warn people. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who's the Democratic nominee for governor, tweeted he's breaking off the campaign trail to return to Tallahassee. City Commissioner Scott Maddox was on the scene and said on Facebook, "In my public service career I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst. Please pray."

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