Victims identified in deadly Tallahassee shooting

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated- November 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Officials from the Tallahassee Police Department are investigating a shooting at a yoga studio on Thomasville Road.

According to TPD, 40-year-old Scott Beierle entered the business posing as a customer and began shooting patrons with a handgun. Patrons struggled with the assailant to prevent him from harming anyone else, but police say Beierle then turned the gun on himself and died on the scene from a self-inflicted gun wound.

Police say Beierle is a graduate of Florida State University and lived in Deltona, Florida. Officials also discovered Beierle had prior military service.

Officials are currently trying to determine Beierle's connection to the victims and the business. Police said Monday that a motive for the shooting is still unknown.

Early Saturday morning, TPD identified the two people who were killedin the shooting Friday afternoon.

Officials say 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem and 21-year-old Maura Binkley died due to injuries they sustained in the attack.

Florida State University confirmed to WCTV that Binkley was a student, and Dr. Van Vessem was a faculty member of the medical school.

FSU President John Thrasher provided the following statement early Saturday morning:

"There are no words to express the shock and grief we feel after learning of the deaths of Maura Binkley and Dr. Nancy Van Vessem. To lose one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is just devastating to the Florida State University family.

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."

Van Vessem was also the Chief Medical Officer at Capital Health Plan.

CHP said, "Our Capital Health Plan family is deeply shocked and saddened about the tragic loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, among the other victims of this terrible incident. As CHP's longtime chief medical director, Nancy has been a guiding, visionary force in our daily work to serve the wellness and health care needs of thousands of families in this community. Her dedication, caring, leadership, humanity and experience made her one of the most respected, inspiring and accomplished medical professionals in the state and country. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and prayers for her family. We all have been so blessed to have Nancy in our lives."

Authorities say two victims are still in the hospital, but are in stable condition. Three more victims have been released from the hospital.



 
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