Tallahassee police say a 40-year-old man posed as customer at a yoga studio and started shooting people without warning, killing two women as patrons tried to fight back.
Scott Paul Beierle then fatally shot himself inside the studio.
Authorities are still trying figure out why he mounted the deadly attack.
The police statement says, “Patrons fought the assailant to prevent him from harming themselves and others.”
Beierle was a graduate of nearby Florida State University but he was living in a city in central Florida. Police were searching Beirele’s residence in Deltona, located east of Orlando.
Beirele had been previously arrested for grabbing women although the charges were eventually dropped. Records also showed that he was banned from the campus of Florida State University in 2014.
The shooting occurred Friday evening in an upscale shopping center.
Court records show Beirele had been previously arrested for grabbing women.
Police say that Scott Paul Beierle shot six people, killing two, and pistol whipped another person before turning the gun on himself.
Beierle was charged by police with battery in 2016 after he slapped and grabbed a woman’s buttocks at an apartment complex pool. Records show that the charges were eventually dismissed after Beierle followed the conditions of a deferred prosecution agreement.
Beierle was also charged with battery in 2012 for grabbing women’s buttocks in a Florida State University campus dining hall. An FSU police report shows that Beierle told police he may accidentally bumped into someone, but denied grabbing anyone.