Two Victims of Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting Identified

Maura Binkley and Nancy Van Vessem

A man opened fire at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, killing two people and injuring five others, before turning the gun on himself, police said.

People inside Hot Yoga Tallahassee appeared to have fought Scott Paul Beierle, a 40-year-old man from Deltona, Florida, on Friday and tried to save themselves and others, Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo said.

Police received 911 calls about a shooting at 5:37 p.m. Friday — minutes after a hot yoga flow class was scheduled to begin, according to the studio’s website.

When officers arrived, they found that six people were shot and one person had been pistol-whipped.

Two of the victims have died. They were identified as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.

Two other women were in stable condition in the hospital. One was shot nine times, and the other had a bullet pass through her body, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum told reporters. Gillum is the Democratic nominee in the Florida governor’s race.

“The truth is that these occurrences have become far too frequent in our society,” Gillum said. “I would ask that the community continue to lift up the victims, those who are still recovering from their injuries.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Nicole Chavez and Chuck Johnston