Gunman kills two women at Florida yoga studio

Sunday, 04 Nov, 2018

Three people have been shot dead in Florida after a gunman opened fire inside a yoga studio before killing himself.

The Tallahassee Police Department did not immediately return messages from CBS News.

A witness at a nearby bar said people came inside seeking assistance, saying a man was acting strangely inside the Hot Yoga Studio then began shooting during a class, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

"There were indications that several people not only fought back but tried to save other people", Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said. Witnesses described the shooter as a tall bearded man who was acting odd inside the studio before opening fire on the class.

Melissa Hutchinson, who was in a bar near the Hot Yoga studio, which is part of a small shopping centre, said she helped three injured people who ran in, including the man who had been pistol-whipped and was "bleeding profusely". "This monster ruined it".

"Those who engage in treachery will ultimately be the victims of it", Beierle said in a video titled "The Rebirth of My Misogynism". Police were searching Beirele's residence in Deltona, located east of Orlando. Authorities in that county were searching his residence there.

Beierle lamented in a video titled "The Dangers of Diversity" what he viewed as the rise of "foreigners" in the US and praised nations that maintain one "ethnic character".

Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman and Rebecca Smith were killed in what police have said was an attack by a man with a vendetta against the news organization. Bohnett said that those at the studio Friday were yoga devotees.

Binkley was a student at Florida State University and Van Vessem was a faculty member at the university's medical school, CNN affiliate WCTV reported.

One of the women killed was identified as Nancy Van Vessem, right, a 61-year-old doctor and a member of the faculty at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee. Online records show Binkley was from Atlanta.

Dr Vessem served as the chief medical director for Capital Health Plan.

Beierle was also charged with battery in 2012 for grabbing women's buttocks in a Florida State University campus dining hall.

Image: Scott Paul Beierle pictured in Germany.

Beierle, a military veteran, also spoke angrily about the idea that women can press charges for his being "aggressive" in his pursuit of women, which he considered a typical "male characteristic". He said they were in good spirits despite their injuries.

"It reminds us that these occurrences are far too frequent and often times render us speechless as we try to figure out what's going on what happened and why", Gillum said after the tragedy, while standing across the street from the plaza where the shooting occurred.