Gunman kills two people and wounds five others at Florida yoga studio

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Gunman kills two people and wounds five others at Florida yoga studio


Police investigators work the scene of a shooting (Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
Police investigators work the scene of a shooting (Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
Police investigators work the scene of a shooting (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo speaks to the press at the scene of a shooting (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Police investigators work the scene of a shooting (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

A gunman killed two people and wounded five others at a yoga studio in Florida’s capital before killing himself, officials said.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters on Friday night that the man shot six people and pistol-whipped another after walking into the studio, which is part of a small Tallahassee shopping centre.

The suspect fatally shot himself, Mr DeLeo said. Authorities have not identified the shooter or the victims. The conditions of the other victims are unclear.

Mr DeLeo said police are asking for anyone who saw something unusual around the time of the shooting to contact police. He said the shooter acted alone and authorities are investigating possible motives. He declined to say what kind of gun the shooter had.

“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.

Melissa Hutchinson said she helped treat a “profusely” bleeding man who rushed into a bar after the incident. She said three people from the studio ran in, and they were told there was an active shooter.

“It was a shocking moment something happened like this,” Ms Hutchinson said.

The people who came in were injured, including the bleeding man who was pistol-whipped while trying to stop the shooter. They told her the shooter kept coming in and out of the studio. When he loaded his gun, people started pounding the windows of the studio to warn people.

City Commissioner Scott Maddox was on the scene. He said on Facebook, “In my public service career I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst. Please pray.”

Elle Welling said she was leaving a store across the street from the shopping centre and saw at least three people loaded into ambulances.

“You don’t think about this in Tallahassee and now you have to,” said Ms Welling, 26, who lives in the neighbourhood.

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