A teacher at Francis Howell High School was shot Wednesday afternoon on a trail in the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area near the school, police and school officials said.
The teacher was conscious and talking when the first responders arrived, according to Matt Deichmann, a district spokesperson. He was taken to a hospital to receive treatment. His condition was not released immediately, but authorities said his injuries were not life-threatening.
The teacher ran around 2:45 p.m. On Wednesday, he follows a path he knows well, according to St. Charles County Police Capt. David Tiefenbrunn. He pbaded a man and then heard a shot and felt a pain in his chest. The man fired several more shots and fled, police said.
The shooter was described as a man in his 30s or 40s with a black coat and tan pants armed with a gun.
High school had already fired early because of the day the shooting occurred, only students who participated in after school activities were still in school, Deichmann said. The high school was placed in custody after the shooting and the students were released to families under police supervision.
The district also placed nearby schools in custody as a precaution, including the Meadows Parkway Early Childhood Center, Independence Elementary, John Weldon Elementary and Daniel Boone Elementary. St. Charles County police were also overseeing the dismissal at those schools, Deichmann said.
Police were in the area and there was a helicopter on top, but it was not clear if they believed the shooter was still near the scene.
Christian Gooden of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.