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Florida yoga studio shooting leaves 3 dead, including suspect: reports

Florida yoga studio shooting leaves 3 dead, including suspect: reports A shooter in Florida is dead after opening fire at a hot ...

Florida yoga studio shooting leaves 3 dead, including suspect: reports

A shooter in Florida is dead after opening fire at a hot yoga studio in Tallahassee Friday evening, killing at least two people and wounding several others, police said.

A shooter in Florida is dead after opening fire at a hot yoga studio in Tallahassee Friday evening, killing at least two people and wounding several others, police said. (Associated Press)

A shooter in Florida is dead after opening fire at a hot yoga studio in Tallahassee on Friday evening, killing at least two people and wounding several others, police said.

Responding officers arrived at the scene around 5:30 p.m. and discovered a total of five victims with gunshot wounds, Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo said in a video posted on the department’s Facebook.

The suspect is also believed to have possibly committed suicide, DeLeo said.

“Emergency responders immediately provided aid and transported five victims to local hospitals to receive medical attention. The gunman is deceased with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. One victim has passed away at the hospital,” DeLeo said.

The other four injured people were in critical condition, he added.

The identities of the suspect and the victims were not immediately released.

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)

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)

Authorities believe that only one suspect was involved and stressed that there was no remaining threat to the area.

“Obviously we’re all very sad and in shock by the events that occurred,” DeLeo said. “But it’s important that people understand there is no immediate threat outside of what has already occurred here this evening.”

An investigation is ongoing into what DeLeo described as “a very dynamic scene.”

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)

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)

Florida state Sen. Kristin Jacobs told the Tallahassee Democrat she was attending an office party at a nearby bar when she witnessed people running in from the yoga studio. Jacobs, a Democrat, represents Parkland, in Broward County, where a shooter killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

“One of the first things I heard is there was a shooting,” Jacobs told the paper.

Jacobs recounted how a man in a bloody white T-shirt ran into the bar and said he charged at the shooter, who then pistol-whipped him before turning the gun on himself.

“Many people are alive because this guy rushed the shooter,” Jacobs told the Democrat. "I am alive because one guy in a yoga class in his bare feet ran at a shooter. He didn’t run away."

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who are facing off against each other in the state’s governor’s race, both took to Twitter about the shooting.

“The news of the shooting in Tallahassee is heartbreaking,” DeSantis tweeted. “Casey and I are praying for the families of the victim whose life was tragically taken tonight and those taken to the hospital with injuries.”

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

Gov. Rick Scott also tweeted, saying he’s been in touch with authorities and will “remain in constant communication.”

Authorities asked that anyone with information about the shooting reach out to the police department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Google News | Netizen 24 United States

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