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Man who fought off Tallahassee Hot Yoga shooter to receive Carnegie Medal for heroism

Posted at 2:49 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 14:49:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Joshua Quick, the man who likely saved multiple lives after fighting off the gunman who opened fire inside Tallahassee Hot Yoga in 2018, is now being named a Carnegie hero.

Quick will receive the Carnegie Medal, the highest honor for civilian heroism in the U.S. and Canada, for risking their lives while trying to save others.

On November 2, 2018, a gunman opened fire inside the Tallahassee Hot Yoga studio, killing two women and injuring four others. While the gunman was trying to fix his gun after firing at least a dozen times, Quick grabbed a vaccum cleaner and hit the shooter.

The gunman then hit Quick with the butt of his gun, but the then FSU law student got up, grabbed a broom and hit the gunman with it.

Officials say Quick's actions allowed the others and Quick, along with his partner, to escape.

Shortly after, the gunman fatally shot himself in the head. Quick was treated for facial injuries and was later released from the hospital.

The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.