A man opened fire at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, the capital of the state of Florida, leaving two people dead and at least three others in critical condition, according to police reports.
City spokeswoman Alison Faris has confirmed to the AP that the suspect was fatally shot after the attack.
Jamie Van Pelt, another local government spokesman, said the shooting was apparently be part of a domestic dispute.
Tallahassee police director Michael DeLeo said in an impromptu press conference that the investigation is still ongoing. “At 5:47 in the afternoon of this Friday, the police responded to a shooting report with multiple victims,” said the officer who added: “This is the act of one person, it is important that people know that no there is a threat or danger beyond the scene.” The attacker entered the interior of the studio and started firing, according to DeLeo.
Police are asking people who may have witnessed what happened in the small shopping center in the city that houses a hot yoga studio, to call 911 for more details.
The mayor of the city, Andrew Gillun, condemned the shooting on his Twitter account and acknowledged the prompt response of the authorities.
“I am deeply grateful for the quick response of the police officers to the shooting at the yoga facility in Tallahassee today, no act of armed violence is acceptable, I am in close communication with the officers and will return to Tallahassee tonight.”
For his part, Rick Scott, current governor of the state, took to his Twitter account saying that he is aware of the shooting and that he has offered state assistance if necessary to clarify the facts.
This shooting in Florida occurs only 6 days after an attack was recorded in a synagogue in Pittsburgh that held the Shabbat and left 11 people dead. The suspect was arrested minutes after his attack.
Kat Irving is a reporter for Tundra Tribune. After graduating from NYU with a master degree in history, Kat got an internship at WABC-TV New York and worked on profiling local businesses. Kat was also was a columnist for the NPR. Kat mostly covers business and community events here at Tundra Tribune