Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Florida yoga studio owner 'shattered and horrified' by shooting

Florida yoga studio owner 'shattered and horrified' by shooting

"The gun stopped firing", Quick told the show.

Beierle pistol-whipped Quick, who was left with bruises and scratches over this left eye and nose from the confrontation.

Quick said there was a sudden lull in the shooting. I jumped up as quickly as I could", Joshua said, "ran back over and next thing you know, I'm grabbing a broom, anything I can.

Daniela Garcia Albalat told ABC that Quick's actions may have been the reason she survived the shooting.

"I'm already thinking about locking the doors once class starts", she said.

"She just radiated love for everybody". "I want to thank that guy from the bottom of my heart because he saved my life".

Tallahassee police say that on Friday night Scott Paul Beierle posed as a customer at the yoga studio and then started shooting people without warning. Police have not released information on a motive. Investigators said Beierle apparently had no prior connection to the yoga class and that he lived in Deltona, Florida, about 250 miles from Tallahassee.

Also today, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Beierle was sacked as a substitute teacher from Volusia County Schools in May for inappropriately touching a female student.

"He was immediately let go", Kelly Schultz, a school district spokeswoman, told ABC affiliate station WFTV in Orlando.

It's unclear why Beierle chose that yoga studio in the Florida capital.

"Scott Beierle was hired in January 2017". Between 2008 and 2010, Beierle says he served as a deputy director in supply and logistics for the U.S. Army.

According to the report, Beierle asked a female student whether she was ticklish, then touched her at the top of her stomach but "below the bra line".


A parent told the principal a child in her carpool group saw adult videos on Beierle's computer. The woman said she declined the offer and Beierle then slapped her on the buttocks and grabbed her. The 2016 charges were dismissed after Beierle followed a deferred prosecution agreement, which grants a defendant amnesty in exchange for obeying certain requirements. The Florida State University held a vigil for the women on Sunday night.

Four years later, Beierle was arrested for misdemeanor battery after a woman said he approached her at the swimming pool of a Tallahassee apartment complex, complemented her rear end and offered to rub sunscreen on it, records show.

Florida State University president John Thrasher expressed condolences to the victims' families in a statement.

The department identified them as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.

"It would not have been atypical as a first-time offender for him to get diversion", said Meggs, since retired as state attorney for Florida's Second Judicial Circuit. Dr. Van Vessem worked as an internist and CMO of Capital Health Plan, where she worked for more than 20 years.

"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 bad incident", CHP said in a statement.

"Her dedication, caring, leadership, humanity, and experience made her one of the most respected, accomplished medical professionals in the state and country", the statement continued. "Our hearts are with her family, our sisters and the FSU community during this hard time". "We all have been so blessed to have Nancy in our lives".

"We talked about it never dreaming that it was going to be us", Jeff Binkley said.

The other victims in the shooting suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at hospitals, officials said.

"Both were in surprisingly encouraging spirits", Gillum said at a campaign rally in Orlando on Saturday.

"She'd also say she wished nothing but peace and love and care for everybody", he said, adding the pair used to go and eat at a restaurant above the studio when he visited her.

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