A yoga student at the Tallahassee yoga studio where a gunman killed two people last week has been credited with saving lives after he risked his own during the shooting by attacking the assailant.
Joshua Quick spoke to ABC’s Good Morning America on Sunday.
Quick said he grabbed Beierle’s gun after it jammed and hit him. But Beierle got control of the gun again and pistol-whipped Quick. Quick said he then grabbed a broom and struck Beierle, which gave some people in the studio time to flee.
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Quick, who had visible facial injuries, said he used a vacuum cleaner and then a broomstick to attack the gunman. Survivors of the shooting said Quick’s courageous intervention bought them time to escape.
“Thanks to him I was able to try to rush out of the door,” Daniela Garcia Albalat, who was shot in the leg, told GMA. “I want to thank that guy from the bottom of my heart because he saved my life.”
Police say Scott Paul Beierle posed as a customer at the studio in Tallahassee on Friday night when he started shooting.
Quick said there was a sudden lull in the shooting. “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 told GMA ― but that’s when he decided to act.
“I picked up the only thing nearby to hit him with, which was a vacuum cleaner, and I hit him over the head,” Quick recalled.
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.”
The shooter then turned the gun on himself, police said. When officers arrived at around 5:40 p.m., Beierle was found dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The gunman ― identified by police as 40-year-old Scott Beierle ― reportedly entered Hot Yoga Tallahassee at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Beierle initially posed as a customer but within minutes of his arrival, he allegedly pulled out a handgun “without warning” and began firing at people in the studio.
Two women — a 61-year-old faculty member at Florida State University, and a 21-year-old FSU student from Atlanta who was due to graduate in May — were fatally shot. Five others were wounded.
Source: The Associated Press