ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police say a student walked into a downtown St. Louis school and shot an administrator before turning the gun on himself on Tuesday.
The shooting happened at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in the 1500 block of Washington near 15th St. around 2 p.m.
According to police, the student entered a fourth-floor office in the school and shot a financial aid member in the chest. He then shot himself.
Police responded to the shooting and found the suspect between the third and fourth floor. Both the suspect and victim were transported to SLU Hospital in critical condition. They were expected to survive.
Police said a handgun was recovered inside the school.
According to police, SWAT units checked each floor of the school and determined the building was secure. No other victims were found.
About 40 students who were at the school were immediately evacuated from the building. Dotson says officers found students hiding under desks and in closets. Those students were being interviewed by police. The school has about 250 students in programs including business administration and interior design.
Several ambulances and fire trucks were on scene assisting in the emergency efforts.
Washington Ave. was completely shut down beginning at 14th Street.
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the suspect had been a part-time student at the school for the past four years.
School officials said the school would be closed until Tuesday as it implemented an emergency plan.
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