Two dead, multiple wounded in United States yoga studio shooting

Cheryl Sanders
November 6, 2018

Scott Beierle, who shot and killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday, was a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, far-right extremist, it has been revealed.

Authorities said they do not know why Scott Beierle, 40, opened fire on Friday afternoon after posing as a customer to join the class at the Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee.

The department identified the two people who were killed as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21. The gunman had fatally shot himself by the time officers arrived, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said. On Saturday, police searched Beierle's home in Deltona as well as his electronic devices in hopes of finding any clues about a possible motive.

Beierle shot six people - killing two of them - and pistol-whipped another after walking into the studio that sits on the second floor of a small shopping plaza.

The newspaper says that Van Vessem was internist who served as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan.


"I jumped up as quickly as I could", said Quick, who had visible facial injuries.

Beierle had been arrested twice in the past six years by the university's police, according to criminal records.

Gillum clarified that no act of gun violence is acceptable.

On Friday evening, survivors said Beierle kept walking in and out of the yoga studio as class began, according to Melissa Hutchinson, who works at a restaurant below Hot Yoga and later cleaned a survivor's blood off the kitchen floor. In the aftermath of that attack, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke with Arshy Mann, a Toronto-based reporter who covers incels and defines them as an "online subculture of young men who feel very frustrated with their sexual and romantic lives".

According to police, minutes before Alek Minassian killed 10 people in a Toronto van rampage, he posted a Facebook message, saying, "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!". Two other women were in "stable condition", while two more women and a man were treated and release from hospital.


'Her dedication, caring, leadership, humanity, and experience made her one of the most respected, inspiring, and accomplished medical professionals in the state and country.

'We just heard "pow, pow, pow, pow",' Mr Wesson said.

DeLeo said investigators were unable to draw a connection immediately between the gunman and either of the deceased.

It created a window of opportunity for some people in the studio time to flee. "It's an attack on love", her father said of the shooting.

The shooting comes as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, is in the final stretch of his campaign for governor against Republican Ron DeSantis.


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