St. Louis School Shooting: Gunman Was Student, Shot Financial Aid Adviser

The incident occurred at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, in downtown St. Louis

A shooting at a school in St. Louis, Missouri reportedly left two people wounded, on Tuesday, January 15. The attacker, who pointed the gun to himself, and his victim have both been injured.

Fox 2 Now St. Louis gives more details about this story. The shooting occurred at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, with the gunman trying to commit suicide following his going after a financial adviser at the school.

The gunman has been identified as a part-time student in his mid-30s, who was attending the Institute for several years. Authorities believe he targeted Financial Aid Director Greg Elsenrath. He entered the building, took and elevator to the 4th floor, and headed directly to his office.

Both the shooter and the intended victim have suffered severe injuries, but are expected to recover. They are currently being treated at St. Louis University Hospital.

An evacuation took place, with students, faculty and other school staff being rushed out by police officers.

As law enforcement arrived at the scene, they located the assailant, who was still on school premises.

“What we found was, a white male, late 40s had been the victim of gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital. We began a floor by floor search looking for the gunman.

“In a stairwell between the 3rd and 4th floor we found what we believed to be the shooter suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We recovered the weapon and took the suspect into custody. He was transported to the hospital. Both [him and] the victim are at the hospital in surgery right now,” St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson said in a statement.

The incident prompted a lockdown at the Stevens Institute. Classes are set to resume a week after the incident, on Tuesday, January 22.

This is the not the first school shooting we reported about this week. Two people were killed and one teenage girl was severely injured at Hazard Community and Technical College, on Tuesday.

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