Police Charge Sean Johnson In SIBA School Shooting

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The man accused of shooting an art school financial adviser in the chest has a long wrap sheet in the city of St. Louis.   Sean M. Johnson, 33, is the person police believe walked into the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts and shot Greg Elsenrath, a long-time employee, and then turned the gun on himself.

Court records indicate Johnson may have a mental health background as well as a criminal background. In 2009, Johnson was charged with Second Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon after he pleaded guilty to attempting to assault a cab driver.

He was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison for that incident, but his sentence was suspended and Johnson was ordered to take prescribed medication.

Johnson was supposed to serve five years on probation, but it was lifted just 10 months later in May 2012. 

In February 2012, just before his probation was lifted, Johnson was charged with felony property damage and resisting arrest. Court documents show he tried to assault a highway worker in a construction zone. He was also charged with trespassing.

Johnson did have several run ins with the law in the 1990s.  In 1998 he was charged with Possession of Marijuana and sentenced to seven days in jail, which he completed in March 1999.   But it was the only time FOX 2 found that Johnson spent time in jail.

Now Johnson is charged with First Degree Assault after authorities say he shot Greg Elsenrath in the chest at SIBA on Tuesday.  Both were taken to Saint Louis University Hospital and are expected to survive.

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