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Student Sean Johnson Shoots Financial Aid Director Greg Elsenrath at Stevens Institute for Business and Arts in St. Louis

January 15, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

A student at a Missouri business school shot and wounded a financial adviser on Tuesday afternoon in what police are calling a targeted shooting.

The unnamed student then turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger but survived and is now reportedly in grave condition at a local hospital.

The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in downtown St. Louis. According to KTVI, the gunman walked into a building, took an elevator to the fourth floor, and shot a financial adviser, described as 40-50 years old, in the chest with a pistol. He then shot himself and was found in the stairwell between the third and fourth floors of the building.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has identified the shooter as 34-year-old Sean Johnson. Johnson was placed on probation in 2011 after slashing a man with a box cutter. Court records from that case show Johnson suffers from mental health problems and was on prescribed medication.

KSDK has identified the shooting victim as Greg Elsenrath, the school’s financial aid adviser.

The shooter was described as a longtime SIBA student who was “well-known” by faculty.

Students and faculty reportedly locked themselves in offices as the shooting occurred. Police SWAT units searched the building and escorted terrified but orderly occupants to safety.

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