The people of Hot Yoga Tallahassee seemed to have fought against Scott Paul Beierle, a 40-year-old man from Deltona, Florida, on Friday to try to save himself and others, said Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo.
The police received 911 calls for a shootout at 17:37. Friday – minutes after a hot yoga flow class was scheduled, according to the studio's website.
When officers arrived, they found that six people had been shot and one person had been hit with a pistol.
Two of the victims died. They were identified as Nancy Van Vessem (61) and Maura Binkley (21).
Two more women were in stable condition in the hospital. One was shot nine times and the other had a bullet through her body, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum told reporters. Gillum is the candidate of the Democrats in the race of the Governor of Florida.
"The truth is that these incidents have become far too frequent in our society," Gillum said. "I would ask that the church keep up the victims who are still recovering from their injuries."
Gillum met the victims on Friday night after returning from a Shabbat service in South Florida to honor the eleven people who had been killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue a week ago.
The three other victims of Friday's shootings were released from the hospital, officials said.
The armed man, who was already dead on the arrival of the officers, died of a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound, said the police chief.
It is believed that he acted alone, said the boss, and there is no danger to the community.
It was unclear what motivated the attack, police said.
Victim: a doctor and a student
DeLeo said the investigators could not have established a direct connection between the shooter and one of the victims.
"There are no words to express the shock and grief we feel after we have learned of the deaths of Maura Binkley and Dr. Nancy Van Vessem and how to lose one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way, is simply devastating the Florida State University family, "said Florida State President John Thrasher on his Twitter account.
"We deeply feel this loss and send our deepest sympathy to Maura and Nancy's family while we pray for the recovery of the injured."
"As we deal with the violent act of violence that took place tonight in a place of peace in our community, we hold all concerned in our hearts and lift them up in love," officials tweeted from the city's confirmed report.
CNN's Danielle Hackett, Patrick Cornell and Steve Almasy have contributed to this report.