1 person killed, 4 wounded in shooting at Tallahassee hot yoga studio

Pauline Gross
November 6, 2018

Alex Redding, who was in a downstairs bar, said people came in barefoot looking for help after a man who had been acting strangely began shooting during the class, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Officials said the shooter, who has not been identified, shot six people after entering the hot yoga studio, then pistol-whipped another person before shooting himself.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said at a media briefing that four people were in critical condition following the shooting.

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

Meanwhile, yoga teachers in the Florida capital and the country at large were horrified such a violent act could unfold in a place intended for tranquility and nonviolence. "This monster ruined it".

The gunman appeared to have acted alone and there was no immediate threat to the Tallahassee community, DeLeo said. Authorities in that county were searching his residence there.

In all, the police department interviewed 40 witnesses. Common sense gun reform is imperative, he said, and so is the need for discretion in "political rhetoric" that he said has led to recent violence.

Her father says Binkley planned to graduate college in May and had been working on her Teach for America application. When the woman declined, she told police, Beierle "slapped her butt, and grabbed it and then shook it". He graduated from Florida State University and police said he had been "the subject of prior calls for service in the Tallahassee area related to harassment of young women".

The two deceased victims have been identified as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.

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A gunman killed two people and wounded five others at a yoga studio before killing himself, officials said.

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

Those who we spoke to at the vigil said Maura was a loving and kind person.

Court records indicate prosecutors agreed to dismiss the battery charge after Beierle completed a six-month diversion agreement requiring him to stay out of trouble, not drink alcohol to excess and to follow a psychologist's recommendations.

Beierle was charged with battery in 2016 for allegedly grabbing a woman's buttocks at a pool in a Florida apartment complex. The AP also reported that Beierle was banned from FSU's campus in 2014.

The plaza is home to popular restaurants, a jewellery store, a framing shop, a hair salon and other businesses.

The gunman, who was already dead when officers arrived, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the police chief said in a statement Saturday.

"They said he just kept coming in and out the doors and was a little sketchy", Hutchinson told the Democrat. "It sounded like a limb falling on a tin roof and rolling".

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