Two people injured in a shooting at the Stevens Institute of Business & Arts, on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri, on Tuesday. The student shot the man in the chest, creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself, police said. Both men were taken to Saint Louis University Hospital were they spend the afternoon in surgery. Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was optimistic both will survive, but the spokesman of the hospital declined to discuss their conditions. According to Police Chief Sam Dotson the shooting occurred at 2pm.
According to police, SWAT units were dispatched to the school to make sure the building was empty. Ambulances and fire trucks were on the scene to assist emergency services.
Police did not identify either man, but Dotson said the administrator was a longtime employee in his late 40s. He said the suspect had been attending Stevens Institute of Business & Arts off and on for four years and had no history of threats or violence.
Police said that no other students were injured in the incident, which occurred at approximately 2 p.m. SWAT units checked each floor of the school and secured the building after finding no other victims. About 40 students were escorted from the building.
The administrator was found, who had been shot in his fourth-floor office, near an elevator, Dotson said. Officers found the suspect in a stairwell between the third and fourth floors, he said. Police found a handgun, but a spokeswoman wasn’t sure where.
The motive wasn’t clear, but Dotson said the shooter apparently sought out the victim.
“This did not appear to be random,” Dotson said. “It appeared to be targeted.”
Washington Avenue was completely closed from the beginning of 14th. Stevens Institute of Business and Arts has an enrollment of approximately 180 students.
Britanee Jones, 24, hid under a desk while her classmates ducked into closets or ran out of the building. Her mother, Angae Lowery, raced to the school to make sure her daughter was safe.
“She sent a text message and said a gunman was in the building,” Lowery said. “She saw him (the gunman) go by the classroom.”
The school has about 180 students in programs including business administration, tourism and hospitality, paralegal studies, fashion, and retail and interior design.
The school posted on the Facebook page that it would be closed until 8 a.m. Jan. 22.
In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun. bradycampaign.org
The U.S. averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control. The crime lab’s research estimates the annual cost of gun violence to society at $100 billion. The Daily Beast
Stevens Institute of Business & Arts has about 200 students enrolled and was formerly known as Patricia Stevens College