Authorities have identified the suspect in the shooting at a Louisville bank that left five people dead. Everything that’s known about the shooter so far, his family breaks their silence, and the latest updates on the victims.
Police identify suspect in Louisville bank shooting massacre
Louisville Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel identified the suspect in the mass shooting at a bank on Monday morning that left five people dead and eight injured as Connor Sturgeon.
Sturgeon was a 25-year-old former varsity basketball star and finance graduate who worked at Old National Bank’s downtown Louisville branch, Yahoo News reported.
What’s known so far
Sturgeon started working at the bank as a summer intern for three consecutive years, then joined as a commercial development professional in 2021. He became a full-time associate and portfolio banker last year, according to his LinkedIn account.
Sturgeon had allegedly been told he was going to be fired from the bank, CNN reported. He also reportedly left a note for his parents and a friend telling them he planned to shoot up his former workplace.
Police say that Sturgeon legally purchased the AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle he used in the attack a week prior, on April 4, from a local gun dealership, PBS and BBC reported.
Killer livestreamed his attack on Instagram
Officials say Sturgeon streamed a video of the shooting live on Instagram as the rampage took place. Sturgeon was killed by police gunfire as a shootout ensued.
Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, said in a statement that it had “quickly removed the livestream of this tragic incident this morning,” the AP reported
Shooter’s family says he struggled with “mental health challenges”
The parents of the Louisville shooter Connor Sturgeon broke their silence to comment on their son, revealing that he struggled with mental health issues but never fathomed he could do something so evil, the New York Post reported.
“While Connor, like many of his contemporaries, had mental health challenges which we, as a family, were actively addressing, there were never any warning signs or indications he was capable of this shocking act,” the family said in a statement to WDRB News.
Update on the victims
In the aftermath of the shooting, nine people, including two police officers, were treated for injuries at the University of Louisville Hospital, according to a spokesperson, the Associated Press reported. One of the wounded, 57-year-old Deana Eckert, died later Monday night, police said.
One wounded officer, 26-year-old Nickolas Wilt, had recently graduated from the police Academy on March 31 and was listed in critical condition after being shot in the head, the chief of police said.
On Wednesday, city authorities said Officer Wilt remained in critical condition, the only shooting victim still listed in that status, and was “slowly improving,” ABC News reported.