On Friday, a man opened fire inside a yoga studio killing three women and wounding five other people, before killing himself. A total of seven victims were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital. Tallahassee police identified the shooter as Scott Paul Beierle, 40 and that he acted alone, but his motive still unknown. Two victims is currently in stable condition, while the other were released.
The investigators identified the victims as Maura Binkley, 21, and Nancy Van Vessem, 61. Police Chief Michael DeLeo said there is no threat to the community and “There is no immediate threat outside what has already occurred this evening,” DeLeo said.
Elle Welling, a resident of the neighbourhood saw several people being loaded into an ambulance. “You don’t think about this in Tallahassee and now you have to,” Welling told The Associated Press.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, said “he’s stepping away from the campaign trail and returning to the city.”
“I’m deeply appreciative of law enforcement’s quick response to the shooting at the yoga facility in Tallahassee today. No act of gun violence is acceptable,” he tweeted. “I’m in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight.”
Scott Paul Beirele was known to have a history of arrests for grabbing women, according to Leon County court records. He was arrested in 2012 on a charge of misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of two women on the campus of Florida State University, according to Leon County court records. He was arrested again in 2016 on a battery charge after allegedly slapping and grabbing another women’s rear end by the swimming pool at the West Tennessee Street apartment complex where he lived.