Man who killed 2 women in a Florida yoga studio was motivated by a 'lifetime of misogynistic attitudes'

Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/Getty ImagesEmergency personnel stationed outside the Hot Yoga Studio after a gunman killed one person and injured several others inside on November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • On November 2, a gunman opened fire in a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio, killing two women and injuring four others.
  • In a Tuesday press conference, police said they found substantial evidence that shooter’s attack at Tallahassee Hot Yoga was pre-planned.
  • Additionally, through interviews and research, they found that the suspect, Scott Beierle, had demonstrated a “lifetime of misogynistic attitudes.”
  • Police found records of previous arrests for groping women.

On November 2, a gunman opened fire in a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio, killing two women and injuring four others.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Tallahassee police said that in the three months since, they have found substantial evidence that shows the shooter was motivated by a “lifetime of misogynistic attitudes.”

Police Chief Michael DeLeo said that the suspect, 40-year-old Scott Beierle, was motivated to act based on a longtime hatred of women. DeLeo also said that Beierle had “pre-planned this attack” at Hot Yoga Tallahassee.

Read more: The Tallahassee yoga shooting suspect had an extensive history of spreading hate online against women and minorities

During the conference, DeLeo said that Beierle began to research the yoga studio in August 2018, searching for maps of the building online and calling the studio. In October, weeks before the shooting, he searched for the studio’s class schedule and purchased a yoga mat.

In July 2018, he purchased the 9mm Glock handgun he would use in the shooting.

DeLeo said that the police investigation found that Beierle had a “history of sexual misconduct that started in grade school.”

Beierle was arrested in 2012 and 2016 on charges of groping women’s buttocks without their consent, though the charges were eventually dropped, The Tallahassee Democrat reported.

In June 2018, Beierle was terminated from his position as a substitute teacher in Volusia County, Florida, after he touched a female student inappropriately, according to school records reviewed by the Tallahassee Police Department.

Police believe that Beierle, who was found dead at the scene, acted alone. Police do not believe that he was interested in targeting any specific person at the yoga studio, but he was focused on a community he was familiar with, as he’d attended Florida State University, DeLeo said.

Notes found in Beierle’s hotel room following his death emphasise his anti-woman beliefs. “If I can’t find one decent female to live with, I will find many indecent females to die with,” he wrote, according to the Tallahassee Police Department’s report. “If they are intent on denying me life, I will have no choice, but to deny them life. At least I will no longer have to live under the reign of a monkey. America deserves a thousand 9/11s for this outrage.”

“Scott Beierle was a disturbed individual who harbored hatred towards women,” DeLeo said.
The police chief continued: “Similar attacks have occurred around the country and it’s incumbent that we come together to identify people who pose a threat and protect those who they would victimize.”

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