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By Phil Helsel and Associated Press
An armed man killed one person on Friday night and wounded four others in a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, before apparently shooting himself.
Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo said at a press conference that four people were in critical condition after the shooting. He said the shooter had died from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.
DeLeo told reporters that the police were called to shoot at around 17:37. and incoming officers found several victims with gunshot wounds. Five people were taken to hospitals and one victim died in a hospital, he said.
A Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare spokesman said that he received a patient who had died from a gunshot wound and four other patients with gunshot wounds, one of which was in critical condition. The other three were in serious condition. Another patient was striped and in good condition.
"At this point, all signs are that this is the act of a single person," said DeLeo. "There is no immediate threat to our community, and of course we are all very saddened and shocked by the events that have happened."
City spokesman Jamie Van Pelt said the shootings were part of a domestic dispute, the Associated Press reported.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who runs for the governor, twittered His acknowledgment to the law enforcement for their response to the shootout, saying that he would stop the campaign and return to the city on Friday night. On Friday evening, a campaign was planned in West Palm Beach.
"I am very grateful for the prompt response of law enforcement officials to today's shooting at the Tallahassee yoga facility, and no use of force is acceptable," Gillum Tallahassee wrote tonight. "
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that a man who was in a nearby bar said that people came to the facility to seek help and that they said that a man was in the yoga studio called Hot Yoga and behaved strangely before opening the fire during a lesson.
The newspaper reported that one of the people who remained safe, bleeding from the head, told the patrons he had tried to stop the shooter, but the gun struck him before the shooter killed himself.
Witness Elle Welling told the AP that she had left a liquor store opposite the mall and had at least three people loaded in ambulances.
"You do not think about it in Tallahassee, and now you have to," said 26-year-old Welling, who lives in the neighborhood.
The police worked to identify the shooter, and DeLeo said a motive was unknown. He asked that everyone who was in the area from 5 pm until 6 pm and who might have seen something to contact the police. "You may have some important information we need," DeLeo said.
"This is still a very active scene, it is still very early," he said.
Anthony Cusumano contributed