Killer posted racist rants
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.