- The gunman who killed two and wounded five others at a Tallahassee yoga studio before killing himself Friday night had an extensive history of spreading hate messages about women and minorities online.
- After 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle was identified Saturday, multiple reports found police records of arrests for groping women and videos where Beierle antagonized immigrants and women.
- Beierle also seemed to identify himself as an “incel,” or someone who is “involuntarily celibate.”
The gunman who killed two and wounded five at a Tallahassee yoga studio before killing himself Friday night had an extensive history of spreading hate messages about women and minorities online.
The two victims have been identified as 61-year-old Dr. Nancy Van Vessem and 21-year-old Maura Binkley.
After Tallahassee Police identified40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle as the gunman on Saturday, multiple reports found police records of arrests for groping women and social media posts where Beierle described graphic acts of violence against women and his baseless fears about illegal immigration and interracial relationships.
Beierle identified himself as a misogynist in several videos in 2014 on a Youtube channel under the name “Scott Carnifex,” Buzzfeed News first reported. In one video listed on the channel, Beierle ranted about women in interracial relationships as “whores” who had “betrayed their blood.”
Beierle also seemed to identify himself as an “incel,” or someone who is “involuntarily celibate.” In a video called “Plight of the Adolescent Male,” he praised Elliott Rodger, a 22-year-old mass murderer who killed six people and injured 14 in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 in the name of “retribution” against women.
Rodger was similarly praised in a Facebook post by a suspect in a Toronto van attack that killed 10 in April.
Beierle’s YouTube channel appears to have been removed from the site as of Saturday afternoon.
Beierle was arrested in 2012 and 2016 for groping women’s buttocks without their consent, though charges were eventually dropped, The Tallahassee Democrat reported.
One of the incidents occurred at Florida State University, where a LinkedIn profile with the same name says he attended from 2011 to 2013. The same profile lists a position with the US Army from 2008 to 2010, which is referenced in a video Beierle made called “The Army’s Role,” in which he describes growing frustrated at unsuccessful friendships with other lieutenants and relationships with “females.”
Beierle did not openly identify himself with a political party, but sharply criticised the contraception regulations in Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act, which he said was unfair support for “the casual sex lives of slutty girls.”
The shooting comes less than a week after a far-right extremist gunman killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue, leaving behind a similarly hate-filled social media presence filled with anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant views.
Authorities were reportedly searching the Deltona hotel room where Beierle was living and had obtained search warrants for electronic devices and social media Saturday afternoon. Police told reporters investigators were still trying to determine a motive.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up Saturday to support the yoga studio’s owners and the victims.