Killer posted racist rants

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - NATION - By Gary Fi­ne­out

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE, Fla. — The man who shot two women to death and wounded five other peo­ple at a Florida yoga stu­dio be­fore killing him­self was a brood­ing mil­i­tary vet­eran who railed at women and blacks in a se­ries of videos.

The shoot­ing Fri­day at an up­scale shop­ping plaza jolted the state cap­i­tal, and po­lice said they were still search­ing for a mo­tive that led to the deaths of a Florida State Univer­sity stu­dent Maura Bink­ley, 21, and a well­known lo­cal doc­tor, Nancy Van Vessem, 61, who was a mem­ber of the school fac­ulty.

But de­tails about Scott Paul Beierle, 40, be­gan to emerge, in­clud­ing that he had once been banned from Florida State’s cam­pus and had been ar­rested twice for grab­bing women even though the charges were ul­ti­mately dropped.

Beierle, who had moved to the cen­tral Florida town of Del­tona af­ter get­ting a grad­u­ate de­gree from Florida State, ap­peared to post a se­ries of videos on YouTube in 2014 where he called women “whores” if they dated black men and de­scribed him­self as a misog­y­nist. He said pro­mis­cu­ous women de­served to be cru­ci­fied and he sug­gested plant­ing land mines to keep peo­ple from cross­ing into the U.S. from Mex­ico. The ex­is­tence of the videos was first re­ported by Buz­zFeed.

Tal­la­has­see po­lice say Beierle shot six peo­ple and pis­tol­whipped an­other af­ter walk­ing into the yoga stu­dio that sits on the sec­ond floor of a shop­ping cen­ter lo­cated near the city’s fash­ion­able mid­town neigh­bor­hoods. Po­lice said Beierle acted alone, but they are look­ing into what prompted the shoot­ing.

Gary Fi­ne­out is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

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