#UPDATE November 3, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. on the shooting at Betton Place, Hot Yoga, located at 1950 Thomasville Road:
After interviewing dozens of witnesses and reviewing evidence on scene, it was determined that Scott Beierle entered the business posing as a customer and began shooting patrons with a handgun without warning. Patrons fought the assailant to prevent him from harming themselves and others. The assailant then turned the gun on himself and died on scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The assailant arrived at the business in a 2015 Red Chevrolet Sonic. Investigators located the vehicle on scene and executed a search warrant. While visiting our community the assailant was staying at a local hotel. That room was located and processed by TPD Forensics, and the Violent Crimes Unit. It was discovered that the assailant is a graduate of Florida State University but is currently a resident of Deltona, Florida and has prior military service. He has been the subject of prior calls for service in the Tallahassee area related to harassment of young women.
Investigators are still trying to determine his direct connection to the victims and business. Further evidence of his motive for the shooting is being sought in the jurisdiction of his residence in Deltona, Florida. The Volusia County Sherriff’s Office assisted TPD with serving a search warrant early this morning at his residence.
Multiple search warrants have been obtained on the suspects electronic devices and social media profiles. Violent Crimes Investigators and Forensic Specialist are currently attending medical examinations of the decedents.
TPD would like to thank all the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that have assisted and continue to assist with this ongoing investigation.
Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo offers his condolences to the family of Ms. Van Vessem and Ms. Binkley and will continue to keep all victims in his thoughts and prayers. TPD’s Victim Advocate Unit, in conjunction with partnering agencies, continue to provide support to the affected families.
Investigators have been working around the clock to uncover more information, and gain clarity as to why this senseless act occurred. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. This is currently an active investigation and TPD will provide updates when they are available.
Nancy Van Vessem, 61 (Deceased)
Maura Binkley, 21 (Deceased)
Sarah Hodges, 34 (Stable Condition)
Daniela Archila, 21 (Stable Condition)
Daniela Garcia Albalat, 19 (Treated and Released)
Sabrina O’Dette, 21(Treated and Released)
Joshua Quick, 33 (Treated and Released)
Scott P. Beierle, 40 (Deceased)