Tallahassee Police give update on Hot Yoga shooting, release findings

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has revealed new details regarding the deadly Hot Yoga shooting last November.

TPD Chief Michael DeLeo said the gunman, Scott Paul Beierle, was a "disturbed individual who harbored hatred towards women," but had no specific target for the shooting.

DeLeo also said the attack was planned months in advance, with the gunman having done multiple Google searches for "Hot Yoga."

Officials delivered a lengthy timeline of Beierle's life, saying his misconduct with women started in grade school, continued in the military and at Florida State and while working as a school teacher.

TPD also said Beierle had repeatedly sought mental health counseling and that the FBI had investigated a tip regarding him, but found nothing "actionable."


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has released its reports on the deadly Hot Yoga shooting.

The reports can be seen to the top right of this story for desktop users, or at the bottom of the page for mobile users. TPD's reports can also be seen by clicking the links below.

Click here to view TPD Individual Incident Reports

Click here to view the Supplemental Reports

A replay of TPD's press conference with Chief Michael DeLeo can be seen at the bottom of this story.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has called a 4:15 p.m. press conference to release an update on the deadly Hot Yoga shooting.

A gunman opened fire at the Hot Yoga Tallahassee studio on November 2, 2018, killing two people and injuring five more.

Florida State student Maura Binkley and Capital Health Plan's Chief Medical Officer Nancy Van Vessem were killed. One of the patrons fought back and the gunman, Scott Paul Beierle, ultimately killed himself.

Capital Health Plan released the following statement Tuesday:

"Just as their families continue to mourn, words cannot begin to express the profound loss that we all continue to feel about the senseless murder of Dr. Nancy Van Vessem and Maura Binkley. The lives of these two fine women were cut short in a violent act of cowardice. We will remember Dr. Nancy Van Vessem for the profound impact she made on our community, in the lives and health of so many, and as a dearly loved and respected leader of the CHP family. Her legacy will live on."

TPD Spokesman Damon Miller says the police chief will share the findings of their investigation at the Tuesday afternoon press conference.



 
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