ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Police are investigating a shooting that happened near the Francis Howell High School campus. A teacher was shot on a trail near the school.
The campus was placed on lockdown and students escorted to vehicles for pickup. The only students who were on campus at the time were taking part in extracurricular activities at the school.
According to St. Charles County police, the shooting happened around 2:45 p.m. on the Hamburg Trail, which is just south of Francis Howell High School and adjacent to the baseball field.
Police said the 36-year-old victim runs the trail regularly.
“He passed an individual on the trail and at that point and time he heard a gun shot and felt some pain to his chest area,” said Cpt. David Tiefenbrunn, St. Charles County Police Department.
The teacher didn’t recognize the suspect before several more shots were fired.
“At this point and time he can not identify him, he does not know the individual, and has not had any run-ins with anybody,” Tiefenbrunn said.
The suspect was described as a Caucasian man between 30 to 40 years of age, wearing a black coat and tan pants.
Police said the victim, who remains unidentified, does not appear to know the assailant and was taken to the hospital. The injuries were not life-threatening. He was released within hours of the shooting.
Investigators said the victim happened to flag down a car driving by and a woman helped by getting him in her car. Police spoke with the Good Samaritan as well.
“It is scary, it is scary for all of us, because we don’t know, and if we let it bother us every single day, we wouldn’t be able to do our job, but it’s everywhere,” said Joyce Robbins, a local school bus driver. “I mean, this is a quiet community, this is a good school district.”
Robbins said the whole school—if not the entire district—treats one another like family.
The school will have educational support counselors on Thursday, as well as an increased police presence.
“Student and staff safety is always the top priority of the district and Francis Howell High School, so we always want to make sure that the first thing that we do is ensure the safety of all those involved,” said Matt Deichmann, a district spokesman. “That’s why we went on lockdown right away.”