ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Classes have resumed at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts one week after a student allegedly shot an administrator in his office.
Classes have resumed at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts one week after a student allegedly shot an administrator in his office.
At Stevens Institute, students learn the sorts of things associated with gracious living, like interior design and fashion, so dealing with the gritty aftermath of a shooting is a new and strange experience.
Still, only one week after that violent event most of the students and staff we interviewed say they have been left with few lingering fears.
It was about 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when 34-year-old Sean Johnson, a part time student with a history of mental illness and violent criminal behavior, entered the school and allegedly argued with and then shot its financial aid director with a stolen gun. Apparently the suspect also shot himself, but survived.
Counselors have been brought for both students and staff who feel they need help coping with the situation.
The shooting victim, Greg Elsenrath, is still hospitalized but the school`s president tells us he is recovering nicely and receiving lots of visits from his colleagues at the school.
As for the alleged shooter, the sheriff`s department tells us he is also still in the hospital.
Almost all the students and staff members we met say they were very impressed by the rapid response of city police.