Shooter, 2 were killed in a yoga studio attack

Shooter, 2 were killed in a yoga studio attack

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The authorities have identified the shooter in a Tallahassee yoga studio and the two people he killed, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

The Tallahassee Police Department has identified the shooter as Scott Paul Beierle (40), the newspaper reports. He killed himself at the scene on Friday.

The department identified the two killed persons as Dr. med. Nancy Van Vessem (61) and Maura Binkley (21), reports the Democrat. The conditions of the five other victims are unclear.

The newspaper says that Van Vessem was an internist who served as chief physician of the Capital Health Plan.

Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo told reporters on Friday night that the man shot six people and beat another with a gun after going into the studio, which is part of a small shopping center in Tallahassee. The shooter shot himself deadly.

DeLeo said the authorities are investigating possible motives. He declined to say what kind of weapon the shooter had.

The Capital Health Plan issued a statement praising Van Vessem, the Democrat reported.

"As a senior CHP principal, Nancy has been a driving, visionary force in our daily work to meet the needs of thousands of families in this community, whose dedication, care, leadership, humanity and experience have made her one of the most respected, inspiring and Our hearts are filled with sorrow and prayers for their family, and we were all so blessed to have Nancy in our lives, "the company said.

John Thrasher, president of Florida State University, says Van Vessem and Binkley had links to the university.

"Losing one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is devastating to the Florida State University family, we deeply feel that loss, and we send our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of Maura and Nancy as we do so pray for the recovery of the injured, "said Thrasher in a statement.

The mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, the governor's Democratic nominee, broke off the campaign to return to Tallahassee after the shoot at a yoga studio in the city. Previously, he appeared at a campaign meeting with former President Barack Obama.

Late on Friday evening, Gillum talked to reporters near the turning center to say that he had visited the two people who were shot in the studio at the hospital. The mayor said they were in a good mood despite their injuries.

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

"We all feel extra vulnerability," said the mayor.

The Capital Health Plan issued a statement praising Van Vessem, the Democrat reported.

"As a longtime chief physician at CHP, Nancy has been a driving, visionary force in our day-to-day work to meet the needs of thousands of families in this community, whose dedication, care, leadership, humanity and experience have made her one of the most respected, the most inspiring and accomplished medical professionals in the state and country, "the company said.

"Our hearts are filled with sorrow and prayer for their family, and we were all so blessed to have Nancy in our lives," the company said.

Florida State University President John Thrasher says Van Vessem and Binkley had university connections, the Democrat reported.

"Losing one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is devastating to the Florida State University family, we deeply feel that loss, and we send our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of Maura and Nancy as we do so pray for the recovery of the injured, "said Thrasher in a statement.

DeLeo said the police are asking anyone who has seen anything unusual at the time of the shootout to contact the police. He said the shooter is acting alone and the authorities are investigating possible motives.

He declined to say what kind of weapon the shooter had.

"We are all very sad and shocked by the events, but it is important that people understand that there is no immediate threat outside the event that has already occurred this evening," DeLeo said.

Melissa Hutchinson said she helped treat a "bleeding" man who had fallen into a bar after the incident. She said three people from the studio had come in and they were told she was an active shooter.

"It was a shocking moment that something like that happened," Hutchinson said.

The people who came in were injured, including the bleeding man who was hit with the gun when he tried to stop the shooter. They told her that the shooter kept returning to the studio. When he loaded his gun, people bumped into the studio's windows to warn them.

City Commissioner Scott Maddox was at the scene. He said on Facebook, "In my public service career I've had some bad scenes, which is the worst, please pray."

Elle Welling said she had left a liquor store opposite the mall and saw at least three people being loaded into 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 square has popular restaurants, a jewelry shop, a shop, a hair salon and other shops.

Erskin Wesson, 64, said he dined with his family in a restaurant under the yoga studio when they heard the gunfire over them.

"We've just heard of pow, pow, pow, pow," Wesson said. "It sounded like a limb falling on a tin roof and rolling."

A short time later, the owner of the restaurant asked if anyone was a doctor, Wesson said. His stepdaughter is a nurse in the emergency room and helped the paramedics for about an hour, he said.

The mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for the governor, broke off the campaign to return to Tallahassee. Previously, he appeared at a campaign meeting with former President Barack Obama.

Republican Governor Rick Scott, who challenged Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, called DeLeo and the Florida Department of Law enforcement for details of the shooting.

"I'll stay in constant communication with law enforcement, we've offered government support," Scott tweeted.

The crime and murder rate of Tallahassee was a problem in the governor's race. Gillum's opponent, former Republican US Representative Ron DeSantis, called the most crime-prone city in the capital of Florida an incorrect proposition.

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