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Florida yoga studio shooting leaves 1 victim dead, 4 wounded; gunman kills self

Florida yoga studio shooting leaves 1 victim dead, 4 wounded; gunman kills self Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special re...

Florida yoga studio shooting leaves 1 victim dead, 4 wounded; gunman kills self

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A gunman killed one person and wounded four others at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday evening before apparently fatally shooting himself, officials said.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said at a media briefing that four people were in critical condition following the shooting. He said the shooter died from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A spokesperson for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare said it received four patients with gunshot wounds, one of whom was in critical condition; the other three were in serious condition. Another patient was grazed and was in good cond ition.

DeLeo told reporters that police were called for a report of a shooting at around 5:37 p.m. and arriving officers found multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Five people were transported to hospitals, and one victim died at a hospital, he said.

"At this time, all indications are this is the act of a single person,” DeLeo said. "There is no immediate threat to our community. Obviously, we’re all very saddened and shocked by the events that have occurred."

City spokesman Jamie Van Pelt said the shooting appeared to be a part of a domestic dispute, the Associated Press reported.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who is running for governor, tweeted his appreciation to law enforcement for their response to the shooting, and said that he would be breaking off the campaign trail and was returning to the city Friday night. A campaign event had been scheduled in West Palm Beach on Friday evening.

"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,” Gillum wrote. "I'm in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight."

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that a man who was in a nearby bar said people entered the establishment seeking assistance and that they said that a man was inside the yoga studio, called Hot Yoga, and was acting strange before he opened fire during a class.

The newspaper reported that one of the people who sought safety, who was bleeding from the head, told patrons that he tried to stop the shooter but the gunman pisto l-whipped him before the shooter killed himself.

Witness Elle Welling told the AP that she was leaving a liquor store across the street from the shopping center and saw at least three people loaded into ambulances.

"You don't think about this in Tallahassee and now you have to," said Welling, 26, who lives in the neighborhood.

Police were working to identify the shooter and DeLeo said that a motive was unknown. He asked that anyone who was in the area from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and who may have seen something to contact police. "You may have a critical piece of information that we need," DeLeo said.

"This is still a very active scene, it’s still very early on," he said.

Anthony Cusumano contributed.Source: Google News | Netizen 24 United States

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