Three people are dead after a shooting incident on Friday evening at yoga facility in Tallahassee, Florida.
As ABC News reports, the incident took place at the Hot Yoga Tallahassee where the shooter, identified as 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle, shot six people and injured a seventh by physically hitting them with a pistol.
According to the report, the local police department quickly responded to the incident and arrived on the scene only three minutes after the first 911 call.
The two victims were both women: 61-year-old Dr. Nancy Van Vessem and 21-year-old Maura Binkley. Both had connections to Florida State University, ABC News reports.
Van Vessem was a faculty member at Florida State University College of Medicine and a specialist in internal medicine. Florida State University also said Binkley was a student at the school.
“Several people fought back and tried not only to save themselves, but other people, which is a testament to the courage of the people who don’t just turn and run but the strength of our community and the spirit of those people trying to help and save and protect others,” Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said.
Police are investigating a connection between the alleged shooter and the people inside the yoga studio.
ABC 10 reports after the shooter’s violent rampage, he took his own life:
Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters Friday night that the man shot six people and pistol-whipped another after walking into the studio, which is part of a small Tallahassee shopping center.
The suspect then fatally shot himself, DeLeo said.
DeLeo said police are asking for anyone who saw something unusual around the time of the shooting to contact police. He said Beierle acted alone and authorities are investigating possible motives. He declined to say what kind of gun Beierle had.
In a statement, the police chief said the community was “very saddened and shocked by the events.”
“We’re all very saddened and shocked by the events that occurred, but it’s important that people understand that there is no immediate threat outside of what has already occurred this evening,” DeLeo said, via ABC 10.
City Commissioner Scott Maddox similarly spoke to the horrific nature of the shooting incident and said it was the “worst” of any he had previously witnessed.
“In my public service career, I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst. Please pray,” he wrote over social media.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports the shooter had a criminal record which included previous arrests:
Scott Paul Beierle, 40, was arrested in 2012 on a charge of misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of two women on the campus of Florida State University, according to Leon County court records. He was arrested again in 2016 on a battery charge after allegedly slapping and grabbing another women’s rear end by the swimming pool at the West Tennessee Street apartment complex where he lived.
The State Attorney’s Office filed information in both cases. However, prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.
CBS News reports that two of the victims who were rushed to the hospital are in stable condition and three others have already been released.