The man who police say fatally shot two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday before killing himself was a far-right extremist who identified himself as a “misogynist” and an “involuntary celibate.”
Scott Beierle, 40, was named by Tallahassee Police as the gunman who opened fire inside the Hot Yoga Tallahassee studio at around 5:30 pm on Friday, killing two and injuring four other women and a man.
In videos posted online by the shooter, Beierle identified himself as involuntarily celibate, or “incel.” This is the second deadly attack by an “involuntary celibate” in 2018.
On a YouTube channel in 2014, Beierle recorded several videos of himself espousing extremely racist, misogynistic and anti-immigrant opinions. In one video, he called women “sluts” and “whores,” and lamented “the collective treachery” of girls he went to high school with.
“There are whores in — not only every city, not only every town but every village,” he said, an apparent reference to women in interracial relationships, whom he said had betrayed “their blood.
In another video, Beierle was highly critical of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act contraception provisions. He said that he resented having to subsidize as a taxpayer “the casual sex lives of slutty girls” through the ACA provisions.
Buzzfeed notes that in the same video he also criticized “the invasion of Central American children” in the US that year and said the migrants seeking asylum should be deported on barges.
The shooter also uploaded songs to his Soundcloud account in recent months. One song was entitled “Who Let the Fags Out?”
Police said that Beierle had previously been investigated for harassing women.
The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported he had been arrested in 2012 and 2016 for grabbing women’s buttocks without their consent.
In one video called “Plight of the Adolescent Male,” he named Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 and is often seen as a hero for so-called incels, or those who consider themselves “involuntarily celibate.”
“I’d like to send a message now to the adolescent males … that are in the position, the situation, the disposition of Elliot Rodger, of not getting any, no love, no nothing. This endless wasteland that breeds this longing and this frustration. That was me, certainly, as an adolescent,” he said.
This is the second deadly attack this year in which Rodger has been mentioned by the suspected assailant. A man who wrote anti-women references on his Facebook account allegedly killed 10 people in Toronto in April when he drove his van into a crowd. “The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” Alek Minassian wrote on Facebook prior to the attack in a post that also mentioned “the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Some in the incel community have previously raged against women wearing yoga pants.
A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Beierle served in the Army from 2008 to 2010