A gunman killed two people at a Tallahassee yoga studio before being stopped by a local hero armed with a vacuum cleaner and a broomstick.
The stories’ hero, Joshua Quick, detailed the incident during an interview with Good Morning America.
It started when 40-year-old Scott Beierle entered the Hot Yoga Tallahassee. After briefly posing as a patron Beierle brandished a handgun and started firing into the studio. 61-year-old doctor Nancy Van Vessel and 21-year-old FSU student Maura Binkley were the tragic victims.
It was after the initial burst that Quick noticed a lull in the shooters actions and that’s when he responded.
“We were huddled in a corner … and as he made his way over toward us, he stopped firing. I don’t know if [the gun] jammed or what was going on,” Quick said.
“I picked up the only thing nearby to hit him with, which was a vacuum cleaner, and I hit him over the head,” he continued.
The gunman then “turned and pistol-whipped me,” Quick said. “I felt myself fall to the ground. I didn’t lose consciousness. I jumped up, ran over and grabbed the only other thing that I could find ― which is a broomstick ― and I hit him over the head with that. Again, he pushed me off, but some people were able to run out of the room.”
After the confrontation Beierle shoot himself and was pronounced dead by arriving officers.
At a press conference Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo praised the people at the yoga studio who had “fought back and tried not only to save themselves but other people.”
Their actions, he said, were “a testament to the courage of the people who don’t just turn and run but the strength of our community and the spirit of those people trying to help and save and protect others.”
No motive for the gunman has been found currently.