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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis business school where a gunman allegedly shot an administrator before shooting himself says the school employee is expected to fully recover.
Stevens Institute of Business & Arts posted on its Twitter and Facebook accounts Wednesday that doctors believe financial aid director Greg Elsenrath will recover fully after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest Tuesday.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce’s spokeswoman says charges could be filed later Wednesday against the shooting suspect. He is also recovering from surgery.
Police haven’t publicly identified the suspect or discussed a possible motive. Chief Sam Dotson says the shooter was a part-time student in his 30s.
School officials didn’t immediately respond to phone messages seeking comment Wednesday.
Picasso vandalism suspect deemed possible flight risk
HOUSTON — A man accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting — an act that was caught on cellphone video — must remain jailed on $500,000 bonds because he is a flight risk, a Houston judge ruled Wednesday.
Uriel Landeros, 22, is charged with graffiti and criminal mischief felonies in the June 13 incident. Prosecutors say he spray painted on “Woman in a Red Armchair” at the Menil Collection in Houston.
Each felony charge carries a sentence of 2 to 10 years in prison.
The vandalism was captured in a 24-second video taken by a bystander and posted on YouTube. The vandal left behind an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word “conquista,” which means “conquest” in Spanish.
Prosecutor John Lewis said Mr. Landeros — a U.S. citizen — fled to Mexico after the incident. He surrendered to authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border last week. State District Judge Vanessa Velasquez agreed that Landeros posed a flight risk.
Mr. Landeros said little during the court hearing, giving only brief answers to Velasquez’ questions.
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