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 described the dangerous confrontation in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Sunday. 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.”
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. Several people were shot and two women — Nancy Van Vessel, a 61-year-old doctor and faculty member at Florida State University, and Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old FSU student — were killed.
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.
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