Matthew Lieberman, a prominent Missouri Democratic fundraiser, was arrested on multiple felony charges Thursday after allegedly shouting racial epithets and firing a hand gun at a gas station and Jack in the Box on Tuesday.
According to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, authorities say just after 11 p.m. on Nov. 28, Lieberman, 38, pulled a gun on a person at the Amoco gas station on Highway 40 in St. Louis. Bullet casings recovered at the scene match Lieberman’s gun, which police say the suspect can be seen holding in surveillance footage of the gas station.
Shortly after, authorities say Lieberman went to a Jack in the Box restaurant and shouted racial slurs at people working there. According to the Dispatch, “[Lieberman] discharged a gun several times from a Mercedes sedan.”
The Democratic fundraiser is charged with multiple felonies, including hate crime enhancement stemming from his “conduct and use of epithets,” which authorities say “indicate his actions to be motivated by race.
Court documents indicate Lieberman is a recovering opioid addict. In 2016, he sued a doctor for overprescribing pain relievers, claiming he suffered “immense mental and physical distress” from his addiction.
The Dispatch reports Lieberman and his former wife dropped the lawsuit after the hospital denied wrongdoing.