Man opens fire on Florida yoga class, killing two
A man in Florida who has been repeatedly accused of groping women walked into a yoga class and opened fire Friday evening, according to Tallahassee police – shooting six people and killing two of them despite an attempt to fight him off.
Police said the shooting suspect, Scott Paul Beierle, 40, killed himself minutes before they arrived at the Hot Yoga studio, which sits above a row of restaurants at northern Tallahassee shopping center.
“In my public service career, I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst,” City Commissioner Scott Maddox wrote after viewing the attack’s aftermath. “Please pray.”
About a dozen people were inside Hot Yoga when a man with a black bag walked in around 5:30 p.m., the Tallahassee Democrat reported. The studio had advertised a Pilates certification class for the weekend.
Among the students were 21-year-old Maura Binkley and 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem – respectively a student and a faculty member at Florida State University, which would later mourn them both.
Police were still determining a motive behind the shooting.