A shooting at a downtown St. Louis business school has left both the shooter and his victim in critical condition.
St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says officers who responded found the victim, a man in his 40s, in a fourth-floor office at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts. He was an administrator at the college, which is on Washington Avenue.
The shooter was found in a stairwell with what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound. Dotson says the incident does not appear to be random.
“What we know is that this individual was a student here. He had been a part-time student off and on for the past few years,” Dotson said. “He was familiar to the faculty, he familiar to the staff, and certainly came and went through the building many times a day, many times a week.”
Dotson praised the first officers on scene for immediately securing the building and evacuating students.
“They did an outstanding job of securing the perimeter, of taking the victims and the witnesses as they were coming out to safety, and then beginning the floor-by-floor search to make sure everyone else was safe,” Dotson said.
Dotson says that search turned up no other victims or shooters. He says officers found a handgun when they located the shooter, who is in his early 30s.