Two people killed and several injured after man opens fire inside yoga studio
Two people lost their lives after an armed man walked into a Yoga studio and opened fire over the people inside, after which he turned the gun on himself.
The shooting took place on Friday evening, November 2, 2018, at Hot Yoga Tallahassee, Florida, shortly before 6 p.m.
As reported by the New York Times, police officers arrived at the scene three minutes after the first 911 call but the gunman had already taken his own life.
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The suspect in the mass shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee is Trump supporter Scott Beierle, who died from a self inflicted gun wound pic.twitter.com/OYMaLej9ZV— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) November 3, 2018
The shooter was identified by the Tallahassee Police Department as 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle. The victims were also identified as 21-year-old Maura Binkley and 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem.
Five other people were injured during the shooting but three were treated and released from the hospital as of Saturday morning while the other two are in stable condition.
THE REASON BEHIND THE ATTACK
Not all victims were injured by gunshots; one of them was pistol-whipped by Beierle during the confrontation in a brave attempt of stopping the gunman.
So far, the Tallahassee Police is yet to determine the motive behind the shooter's attack but it has been reported that the people inside the building fought for their lives.
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. I'm in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight.— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 2, 2018
"There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people, which is a testament to their courage.”
Chief Michael DeLeo, The New York Times, October 2, 2018
GUN VIOLENCE MUST COME TO AN END
According to DeLeo, there are no indications of other suspects involved in the attack and that it was 'the act of a single person.' It was also added that there was no immediate threat to the community.
This is another example of the gun violence afflicting America, taking place only a week after the Pittsburgh shooting perpetrated by a man named Robert Bowers.
The 46-year-old killed a total of 11 people, most of them over the age of 60, inside the Tree of Life synagogue, with the hate for the Jewish faith as his only motive.