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Democratic fundraiser accused of shooting gun, yelling slurs

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A veteran St. Louis Democratic fundraiser faces charges for allegedly shooting a gun and shouting racial slurs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Matthew Lieberman is a longtime fundraiser for former Mayor Francis Slay and other Democrats. Lieberman was charged Thursday with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. One weapons charge includes a hate crime enhancement alleging his actions were "motivated by race."

Lieberman is jailed on $250,000 bond with no listed attorney.

Court documents say Lieberman, who is white, pointed a handgun Tuesday at someone at a gas station while using racial epithets, then shot at a building from his car.

The documents say that in a separate incident at a fast-food restaurant, Lieberman shouted racial epithets at maintenance workers and shot from his car.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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