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3 dead in yoga shooting, including suspect

03 November 2018, 01:56 | Erica Roy

3 dead in yoga shooting, including suspect

3 dead in yoga shooting, including suspect

A shooter killed at least one person and left four in critical condition at a yoga studio in Florida's capital before killing himself Friday, officials said.

Five people were shot, one fatally, in Tallahassee, according to Chief of Police Michael DeLeo.

Officials said the shooter, who has not been identified, shot six people after entering the hot yoga studio, then pistol-whipped another person before shooting himself.

Early on Saturday morning, the Tallahassee Police Department identified the shooter as Scott Paul Beierle, 40, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

A number of other victims received gunshot wounds, while one person was pistol-whipped. The witness said two or three other people followed, seeking assitence.

Tallahassee police said they were called to the studio just after 5:30 p.m., finding Beierle deceased.

The suspect is also believed to have possibly commited suicide, DeLeo said.

Responding officers arrived in about three minutes and found the gunman already dead.

"There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people, which is a testament to their courage", DeLeo said.

"You don't think about this in Tallahassee and now you have to", said Welling, 26, who lives in the neighbourhood.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who is running for governor, tweeted his appreciation to law enforcement for their response to the shooting, and said that he would be breaking off the campaign trail and was returning to the city Friday night. No act of gun violence is acceptable. "We have offered state assistance", Scott tweeted.

Tallahassee's murder rate has been an issue in the governor's race, with Gillum's opponent Republican former U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis accusing him of being weak on crime.

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