The man identified as the gunman who killed two people after opening fire at a hot yoga studio in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday night had been previously arrested for grabbing women, court records showed.
Scott Paul Beierle shot six people, killing two, and pistol-whipped another person before turning the gun on himself. At least five others were wounded in the shooting at Hot Yoga Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. The two victims were identified as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, a 61-year-old internist who served as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan, and 21-year-old Maura Binkley.
Beierle was charged by police with battery in 2016 after he slapped and grabbed a woman’s buttocks at an apartment complex pool. Records showed that the charges were eventually dismissed after the 40-year-old 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 showed that Beierle told police he may have accidentally bumped into someone, but denied grabbing anyone.