Three dead, more wounded after Florida yoga studio shooting: police

(Reuters) - A gunman killed two people and wounded at least three others before he killed himself on Friday at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida's capital, police said.

Police received a call at 5.37 p.m. (2137 GMT) of a shooting at the Hot Yoga Tallahassee studio and found multiple gunshot victims when they arrived at the small shopping center where it is located, city Police Chief Michael DeLeo told reporters. The wounded were in critical condition at local hospitals, DeLeo said.

"The suspect is deceased and one victim has passed away at the hospital," he told reporters, before police said later Friday night that a second person also died.

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Police investigators work the scene of a shooting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. A shooter killed one person and critically wounded four others at a yoga studio in Florida's capital before killing himself Friday, officials said. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
This undated photo provided by Leon County Sheriff’s Office shows Scott Paul Beierle. Two people were shot to death and five others wounded at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Fla., by Beierle, a gunman who then killed himself, authorities said. The two slain Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, included a student and faculty member at Florida State University, according to university officials. (Leon County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Nick Cessna, right, confronts his girlfriend Melissa Hutchinson who rendered aid to some of the victims of a mass shooting November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. Seven people have been admitted to the hospital. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo speaks to the press at the scene of a shooting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. A shooter killed one person and critically wounded four others at a yoga studio in Florida's capital before killing himself Friday, officials said. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Police investigators work the scene of a shooting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. A shooter killed one person and critically wounded four others at a yoga studio in Florida's capital before killing himself Friday, officials said. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Matthew Rodin, left and Susan Turner comfort Melissa Hutchinson who rendered aid to some of the victims of a mass shooting November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Tallahassee Police officers are stationed outside the HotYoga Studio after a gunman killed one person and injured several others inside on November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Emergency personnel stationed outside the HotYoga Studio after a gunman killed one person and injured several others inside on November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. Seven people have been admitted to the hospital. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Police investigators work the scene of a shooting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. A shooter killed one person and critically wounded four others at a yoga studio in Florida's capital before killing himself Friday, officials said. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Tallahassee Police officers are stationed outside the HotYoga Studio after a gunman killed one person and injured several others inside on November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
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The gunman appeared to have acted alone and there was no immediate threat to the Tallahassee community, DeLeo said. He gave no motive for the attack or details about the shooter.

"All evidence points to a single actor who has stayed on scene and is deceased at this time so there is no additional threat to the public," DeLeo said.

Alex Redding, a patron at a nearby bar, said people came inside seeking assistance, saying a man had been acting strangely inside the Hot Yoga studio and then began shooting during a class, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Redding said a man with blood on his head told bar patrons he tried to stop the shooter but was pistol-whipped before the shooter turned the gun on himself, the newspaper reported.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for state governor, said he had halted campaigning to return to the city.

"I'm deeply appreciative of law enforcement's quick response to the shooting at the yoga facility in Tallahassee today. No act of gun violence is acceptable. I'm in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight," Gillum tweeted.

(Reporting by Andrew Hay, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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