Florida yoga class shooting leaves two women dead, several injured

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Florida yoga class shooting leaves two women dead, several injured

Tallahassee: Two women were killed and several others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a Florida yoga studio before class members fought back and the attacker killed himself, police said on Saturday.


The women, identified as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, were shot and killed on Friday afternoon when Scott Beierle, 40, opened fire at the Hot Yoga studio at an upscale shopping centre in Florida’s capital, Talla­has­see, the city’s police department said in a statement.

Four other people were injured in the shooting, along with a man who was pistol whipped by the shooter, the Tallahassee Police Department said.

“There were indications that several people not only fought back but tried to save other people,” Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters.

Two of the wounded were in stable condition and three were released from a local hospital, police said.

Beierle suffered from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for state governor, halted campaigning for Tuesday’s midterm elections to return to the city.

“No act of gun violence is acceptable,” Gillum said in a tweet.

Tallahassee’s murder rate has been an issue in the governor’s race, with Gil­­­lum’s opponent Repu­b­li­can former US Repre­sen­tative Ron DeSantis accusing him of being weak on crime.

The gunman appeared to have acted alone and there was no immediate threat to the Tallahassee community, DeLeo said.

Police were looking for any links between him and the victims, he added.

“All evidence points to a single actor who has stayed on scene and is deceased at this time so there is no additional threat to the public,” DeLeo said.