Florida shooting: 2 shot dead and five injured in US yoga studio

Florida shooting: 2 shot dead and five injured in US yoga studio
A gunman shot two people dead and injured five others at a yoga studio in Florida's state capital Tallahassee Friday before committing suicide, according to the local police chief.

The 40-year-old gunman, Scott Paul Beierle, burst into the studio in Tallahassee, loaded his gun in front of people and opened fire.

"About 5:47pm the Tallahassee Police Department reference to a shooting," police chief Michael DeLeo said at a press conference.

"Upon arriving on scene, the officers found multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds."

First responders transported five people to a nearby hospital, with two later succumbing to their wounds, Mr DeLeo said.

One of the victims was pistol-whipped, police said.

"There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people, which is a testament to their courage," Mr DeLeo said.

The shooting appeared to be the act of a single person, with no further threat to the community perceived at this time, according to the police chief.

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