WENY News - Yoga Studio Gunman Reportedly Has Ties to Binghamton Area

Yoga Studio Gunman Reportedly Has Ties to Binghamton Area

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WENY) – The man accused injuring four and killing two in a yoga studio shooting in Florida has ties to the Binghamton area, according to WBNG News.

According to police in Tallahassee, 40-year-old Scott Bierle walked into a yoga studio on Friday, November 2 and shot six people, killing two, and pistol whipped another person before killing himself.

WBNG reports that according to a LinkedIn Profile, Bierle attended Binghamton University from 1997 to 2002. He reportedly graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and government.

Additionally, he was also reportedly a student at Vestal High School.

The Associated Press reports the two victims were a Florida State University student and a faculty member from the same college.

According to the AP, Bierle had a criminal history. In 2012, he was charged with battery for grabbing women's buttocks in a Florida State University campus dining hall. A FSU police report shows Bierle told police he may have “accidentally bumped into someone, but denied grabbing anyone”.

In 2016, he was again charged with battery after he slapped and grabbed a woman's buttocks at an apartment complex pool. According to court records, the charges were eventually dismissed after Bierle followed the conditions of a deferred prosecution agreement.

Tallahassee Police say in the case of the yoga studio shooting, Bierle acted alone. They are still investigating possible motives.

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