A student shot the financial-aid director at a St. Louis business college and then turned the gun on himself, KSDK TV is reporting.
Sources tell the station the aid officer, identified as Greg Elsenrath, was shot in the chest with a handgun in his fourth-floor office at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts about 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET). He and the 21-year-old gunman, who has not yet been identified, are reported in critical condition.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was "hopeful" both men would survive, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The gunman shot himself when police approached him in a stairwell between the third and fourth floors, says KSDK, which is owned by Gannett, USA TODAY's parent company.
Dotson said that the student had attended part-time, on and off, for the past four years and that he knew Elsenrath.
About 40 to 50 students were in classes at the time of the shooting.
The private, for-profit school, in the downtown Loft District, offers two- and four-year degrees in business administration, fashion and retail, interior design, tourism & hospitality and as paralegals. Known today as SIBA, the school began as Patricia Stevens College in 1947. Its current enrollment is about 180.