On November 2nd, a lone gunman entered into a Tallahassee yoga studio and opened fire. The shooter killed two individuals and injured at least five others. Eventually, the ordeal ended when the gunman committed suicide with his firearm.
According to police reports, Scott Paul Beierle, a 40-year-old resident of Florida, entered into the Hot Yoga studio and initially pretended to be an interested customer. Once he had gained access to the studio area, he reportedly pulled out a handgun and began shooting the people inside. Both 21-year-old Maura Binkley and 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem were fatally wounded during the rampage.
At about 5:37 P.M., Tallahassee Police received multiple 911 calls to report the shooting. They rushed to the scene, but the suspect had already turned his weapon against himself and was deceased when authorities arrived. Five individuals were suffering from gunshot injuries, while another victim had been struck in the face with the suspect’s handgun. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital. Two of these individuals remain in the hospital in stable condition. The other three injured victims have been released after being treated for their wounds. Tallahassee Police believe the suspect acted alone, so they believe there is no further threat to the community.
Investigators revealed that the suspect previously graduated from Florida State University. The police have interacted with the suspect numerous times in the past due to his “harassment” of younger women. One Defense Department official claimed the suspect was previously enlisted in the Army, but this fact has not been confirmed yet.