What You Need to Know
- Morgan Stanley fired a 90-year-old advisor after he allegedly shot his business partner as many as five times with a handgun.
- The advisor, Leonard David Bernstein, was expected to be charged with shooting with intent to kill but released on $50,000 bail.
- His partner, Chris Bayouth, was still recovering in a hospital on Tuesday.
Morgan Stanley terminated a 90-year-old broker on Friday, one day after he was arrested on suspicion of shooting his business partner, according to Oklahoma County Detention Center and Oklahoma City Police Department documents.
On Thursday, Leonard David Bernstein allegedly entered his firm’s office building on Waterford Boulevard on Oklahoma City and shot Chris Bayouth, 61, several times with a handgun, according to police.
Bernstein was released on $50,000 bail, according to the Oklahoma City jail blotter. An initial criminal complaint was filed against him Friday in Oklahoma County District Court, saying there was probable cause to charge him with shooting with intent to kill, a felony. Judge Kevin C. McCray was assigned the case.
“We are cooperating with the authorities and our thoughts are with our employee,” a spokesperson for the wirehouse told ThinkAdvisor by email on Tuesday. She was referring to Bayouth, who remained hospitalized as of Tuesday morning.
Also on Tuesday, in Oklahoma County District Court, Morgan Stanley filed for a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and permanent injunction against Bernstein that the complaint said was intended to stop him from “continuing to engage in workplace harassment and from causing irreparable injury to Morgan Stanley, its employees, and its customers.”
Bernstein and Bayouth had been partners for nine months, according to a probable cause affidavit provided to ThinkAdvisor on Tuesday that cited “witness C.C.” as a source of that information. “Mr. Bernstein’s health has declined, and he decided to hand over his managed accounts to the victim,” according to the affidavit.
“C.C. said she was on the phone when she heard two gunshots coming from the victim’s office,” the affidavit went on to say. “C.C. looked into the victim’s office, and she saw Mr. Bernstein pointing a handgun at the victim and shooting several shots at him. C.C. said Mr. Bernstein continued to shoot the victim until the handgun slide locked back. C.C. took off running out to the parking lot where she called the police.”
Bernstein allegedly went on to “calmly exit the office building, get into his red Chrysler 300″ and leave, according to the affidavit.
According to an incident report that was provided to ThinkAdvisor, on Thursday at 3:14 p.m., Oklahoma City Police Officer Travis Ratcliffe responded to an assault with a deadly weapon at Morgan Stanley’s office building at 6305 Waterford Blvd.
“The call notes stated the calling party said his coworker shot him multiple times,” Ratcliffe reported. “Several other calls came into 911 to report this, and the suspect was identified as … Leonard Bernstein. Several other officers responded including officers from Hefner Division. While en route, the call notes continued to update, and a calling party said Leonard left in a vehicle.”
Police found Bernstein in his car and arrested him, according to the incident report.