With a heart full of hate and gun packed with bullets Scott Paul Beierle would have his vengeance.
Against whom, at this time, no one appears to be sure.
Women. Employers. The Democrats. The Republicans. The U.S. Army. He took those answers with him to the morgue.
On Friday, the 40-year-old walked into a hot yoga studio in sleepy Tallahassee, Florida posing as a potential customer and then he opened fire.
Beierle shot six people — killing two of them — and pistol-whipped another after walking into the studio that sits on the second floor of a small shopping plaza.
The two who died at his hands were a student and faculty member at Florida State University, according to university officials.
Cops identified them as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21. Police said two other victims were in stable condition, and three had been released from the hospital.
And when cops arrived? Beierle blew his brains out.
“You don’t think about this in Tallahassee and now you have to,” neighbour Elle Welling told reporters.
But like in a thousand other locales under the American flag, it did happen.
The killer apparently had a problem with women.
Before unleashing terror at a quiet strip mall, Beierle had previously been arrested a number of times as a serial groper.
Court records obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat reveal that the gunman was charged with battery in 2016 for slapping and grabbing a woman’s bottom at an apartment complex pool.
Beierle was also charged with battery in 2012 for a similar offence when he went around an FSU dining hall grabbing women’s rears.
In both instances, the charges were dismissed.
Detectives believe Beierle — an independent voter who tilted towards conservative causes if social media is any indicator — acted alone but would not reveal what kind of weapon he used.
The shooting occurred in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood with trendy cafes and shops.
That veneer was shattered Friday afternoon.
“We just heard ’pow, pow, pow, pow,”’ Erskin Wesson said. “It sounded like a limb falling on a tin roof and rolling.”
Mayor Andrew Gillum pulled out America’s. favourite post gun rampage trope and asked residents to pray for the survivors and those who were killed.
“We all feel a sense of added vulnerability” because of the shooting, the mayor said.
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