Louisville shooting: Four killed at bank in Kentucky as police identify gunman as Connor Sturgeon

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Connor Sturgeon, who police have named as the gunman (Image: Linkedin )

Four people have been killed and eight injured – including two police officers – after a man opened fire at a bank in Louisville in Kentucky.

Police named the gunman as 25-year-old Connor Sturgeon, who worked at the bank as an employee.

They also named the victims as Tommy Elliott, 63, Juliana Farmer, 57, Jim Tutt, 64, and Josh Barrick, 40.

Police earlier reported five people had died in the shooting, including four victims and the gunman.

Officers said Sturgeon, who did not have “any prior engagement” with the police, joined the branch of the Old National Bank on East Main Street as a full-time employee last year.

Sturgeon live-streamed parts of the shooting on social media site Instagram, police said. Meta, the company that owns Instagram and Facebook, said it “quickly removed” the video from its platform.

Department Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel told a news conference Sturgeon, who was using a rifle, shot at officers who then returned fire.

“The suspect shot at officers. We then returned fire and stopped that threat.”

Juliana Farmer, 45, who was killed in the Louisville shooting. First used on NBC News.
Juliana Farmer
James Tutt, 64, who was killed in the Louisville shooting.
James Tutt
Joshua Barrick, 40, who was killed in the Louisville shooting. First used on NBC News.
Joshua Barrick
Thomas Elliott, 63, who was killed in the Louisville shooting. First used on NBC News.
Thomas Elliott

 

One officer who was caught in the fire, Nickolas Wilt, 26, was shot in the head and underwent surgery, the police chief said.

The officer, who had recently graduated from the police academy, was in critical condition, she added.

“I just swore him in and his family was there to witness his journey to become a police officer,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.

Two other victims were also said to be in a critical condition, according to police, while three people have since been discharged from hospital.

‘An evil act of targeted violence’

Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg condemned the attack, telling reporters at a press conference: “Let’s be clear about what this was. This was an evil act of targeted violence.”

He also thanked the emergency response in the city, adding “without a doubt, their actions saved lives”.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks with police deploying at the scene of a mass shooting near Slugger Field baseball stadium in downtown Louisville, Kentucky Pic:USA Today Network /Reuters
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks with police. (Image: USA Today Network /Reuters)

 

“We will come together as a community to work to prevent these horrific acts of gun violence from continuing here and around the state,” he said.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that he knew some of the victims, including Elliot, a senior vice president at the bank, which is not far from the minor league ballpark Louisville Slugger Field and Waterfront Park.

“This is awful,” he said, on the verge of tears as he spoke.

“I have a very close friend who didn’t make it today. And I have another close friend who didn’t, either. And one who’s at the hospital that I hope is going to make it through.”

“These are irreplaceable, amazing individuals that a terrible act of violence tore from all of us,” the governor said of the victims.

‘An incredible friend’

Speaking about Elliott, he said: “(He) helped me build my law career, helped me become governor, gave my advice on being a good dad.

“He’s one of the people I talked to most in the word and very rarely were we talking about my job. He was an incredible friend.”

US President Joe Biden also condemned the shooting on Monday, describing that “once again” the country mourned a “senseless act of gun violence”.

“Jill and I pray for the lives lost and impacted by today’s shooting,” he said, as he also called on Republicans in Congress to act on gun reform.

Source:  Sky News news.sky.com

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