An administrator of a business school in downtown St. Louis was shot Tuesday afternoon by a part-time student in a dispute over financial aid, police said.
The student, reported to be a 21-year-old man, then shot himself in a stairwell, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Both men were in surgery late Tuesday afternoon — and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was "hopeful" they would survive. The shooting occurred about 2 p.m.
The victim, in his late 40s, was shot in the chest with a handgun by a student in a fourth-floor office, police said. The suspect then went to a stairwell between the third and fourth floors and shot himself.
Dotson said a gun was found with the man, the Post-Dispatch reports.
The suspect was a part-time student for the last four years, Dotson said. The student was familiar to faculty and to the victim, the Post-Dispatch reports.
"This did not appear to be random," Dotson told the newspaper. "It appeared to be targeted."
The school currently has about 180 students. About 40 to 50 people were in the building at the time of the shooting, police said.
According to the school’s website, the Stevens Institute began as Patricia Stevens College in 1947, the Post-Dispatch reports.
The school offers two- and four-year degrees in several concentrations including business administration and interior design.
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