AT least three people are dead after a gunman burst into a yoga studio and opened fire.
The gunman — who hasn’t yet been identified — killed two and wounded at least four others before turning the gun on himself.
One man who tried to stop the shooter was pistol-whipped before the gunman killed himself.
11 people including the instructor were at the yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida.
It isn’t yet known whether the gunman had any relation to the victims.
City Commissioner Scott Maddox was among officials who visited the scene at Hot Yoga Tallahassee, on the second floor of the Betton Place shopping centre.
He described the horror he saw.
Posting a message on Facebook, Maddox wrote: “In my public service career, I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst. Please pray.”
Eyewitness Alex Redding was in a nearby bar when a panicking woman ran in, followed by a blood-covered man.
“I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst”
Scott Maddox, Tallahassee City Commissioner
He told US media they reported a tall man with a beard inside the studio was acting strange before he began shooting during the class.
The man with blood pouring from his head told Alex he had tried to stop the shooter but was pistol-whipped.
At this, the barman reportedly yelled: “Active shooter. Active shooter. Get down. Get away from the window!”
Police were called at around 5.37pm local time (9.37pm UK time).
Megan Nixon, who was eating at a restaurant downstairs with her family said: “We heard a pop, pop, pop. It sounded intense. It didn’t sound like gunshots.”
Friday’s shooting interrupted campaigning for Florida’s Mid-Term Election race.
Democrat Mayor of Tallahassee and candidate for Governor of Florida tweeted he was “deeply appreciative of law enforcement’s quick response to the shooting at the yoga facility in Tallahassee today.
“No act of gun violence is acceptable,” he went on. “I’m in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight.”