Shooting at Tallahassee yoga studio: Witnesses describe scene before, during incident

Julius Lasin Karl Etters
Tallahassee Democrat
The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a shooting at Tallahassee HotYoga near the corner of East Bradford and Thomasville roads in Midtown Tallahassee, Fla. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

An unidentified man killed two and injured at least five others before killing himself at a Hot Yoga studio Friday.

City spokeswoman Alison Faris confirmed that the shooter is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the evening shooting.

The two people killed at Hot Yoga Tallahassee have been identified as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.       

The shooter was identified as 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.   

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Meagan Nixon, who was eating at a nearby restaurant, said the incident was "scary, having it so close to home." 

In the wake of the shooting, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has cancelled campaign events to return to the city. 

Listen to the witness' account below. 

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