Victims identified in deadly Tallahassee shooting

Geneva Stokes
November 7, 2018

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that a man who was in a nearby bar said people entered the establishment seeking assistance and said that a man was inside the yoga studio, called "Hot Yoga", and was acting unusual before he opened fire during a class.

Police responded within a few minutes, but by then Beierle had fatally shot himself, leaving police to search for a motive and a community to wonder what prompted the violence near the city's fashionable mid-town neighbourhoods.

Yoga student Joshua Quick spoke to ABC's Good Morning America on Sunday and said he grabbed Scott Paul Beierle's gun after it jammed, and hit him.

Beierle killed Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, at the studio in Tallahassee on Friday, before taking his own life.

Van Vessem was also the chief medical director at Capital Health Plan.

Police investigators work the scene of a shooting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. She planned to graduate in May with a double major in English and German, according to her family. "We all have been so blessed to have Nancy in our lives".

Both women had ties to Florida State University.

"To lose one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is just devastating to the Florida State University family".

"There are no words to express the shock and grief we feel after learning of the deaths of Maura Binkley and Dr. Nancy Van Vessem". "There is no immediate threat outside what has already occurred this evening", DeLeo said.

"They said he just kept coming in and out the doors and was a little sketchy", Hutchinson told the Democrat.

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".

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The man eventually stopped in the studio's doorway, pulled a gun from the bag and loaded it in front of the students.

City Commissioner Scott Maddox said on Facebook, "In my public service career I have had to be on some bad scenes". This is the worst.

A woman who filed a police report against Beierle told The Associated Press on Sunday that she's never forgotten how "creepy" he was.

The plaza is home to popular restaurants, a jewelry store, a framing shop, a hair salon and other businesses.

"And then we saw some people running down the stairs and then assumed it was gunshots", Wesson said. "It sounded like a limb falling on a tin roof and rolling".

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam campaigned for Gillum at an 8:30 a.m. event in Lake Worth, where Gillum was initially scheduled to appear prior to the Orlando stop. Two other women were in "stable condition", while two more women and a man were treated and release from hospital. TMH says they have received two more patients, bringing the total number of victims to seven.

Gillum asked residents to pray for those who survived and those who were killed in the shooting.

"We know the story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas", Gillum said, referring to previous mass shootings in the Sunshine State.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging Democratic Sen.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum tweeted that he will be returning to Tallahassee tonight after campaigning in Miami.

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