A yoga student is being lauded as a hero for wrestling with a gunman who posed as a customer to get into a yoga studio in Florida and started firing.
Two women were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Florida yoga studio before class members fought back and the attacker killed himself, police said on Saturday. Since the gunman killed himself, Miller says, "We can only go by what was left behind".
In addition to Van Vessem and Binkley, two other victims were wounded, police said. The shooter has been identified. The department identified them as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.
Dr Van Vessem was an internist who served as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan.
The two killed on Friday were a student and faculty member at Florida State University, according to university officials. "We feel this loss profoundly and we send our deepest sympathies to Maura's and Nancy's loved ones while we pray for the recovery of those who were injured", Thrasher said in a Saturday statement.
Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for state governor, halted campaigning to return to the city.
A person is transported from scene of a shooting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at a yoga studio in Florida.
There is no word on a motive for the shooting.
"This is certainly not the news that I expected in the final closing days of this race", he said, "but I want you to know that I am more agitated and activated, more than I ever have been when it comes to the need for us to bring the power of the NRA to kneel in the state of Florida and around this country".
"We just heard "pow, pow, pow, pow", he said. One woman said in a police report that Beierle grabbed her while she was at a soda fountain and she "thought it may have been her boyfriend at first". He declined to say what kind of gun the shooter had.
But as bad as that situation was, a worse tragedy may have been averted thanks to the quick actions of an unidentified man who charged the shooter.
"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", Mr DeLeo said.
He said that some in the studio showed courage and tried to stop him. Four other people were shot, and a man was pistol-whipped by the gunman, police said. City spokeswoman Alison Faris tells news outlets that the suspect fatally shot himself.
Beierle was charged by police with battery in 2016 after he slapped and grabbed a woman's buttocks at an apartment complex pool.
Court records indicate prosecutors agreed to dismiss the battery charge after Beierle completed a six-month diversion agreement requiring him to stay out of trouble, not drink alcohol to excess and to follow a psychologist's recommendations.
An FSU police report shows that Beierle told police he may have accidentally bumped into someone, but denied grabbing anyone.