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5 killed, 9 hurt in shooting at downtown Louisville bank; shooter also dead

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —

Five people are dead and at least nine others were wounded during a mass shooting Monday morning at a downtown Louisville bank. The shooter is also dead.

Police said officers were called around 8:30 a.m. Monday to Old National Bank on Main Street. They were on scene within three minutes.

When they arrived, they encountered an active shooter inside with a rifle. He has been identified as Connor Sturgeon, 25, an employee of the bank. 

LMPD said Sturgeon fired at police, they fired back, and they then “stopped that threat.” 

Four of the five people who died were employees of the bank. LMPD identified them as Tommy Elliott, 63, Jim Tutt, 64, Josh Barrick, 40, and Juliana Farmer, 45.

LMPD sent out an update around 9 p.m. saying that 57-year-old Deanna Eckert was the fifth victim to die from the shooting. They have not said whether she worked at the bank or not.

Elliott, senior vice president, was a close friend of both Gov. Andy Beshear and Mayor Craig Greenberg.

“We lost four children of God today, one of whom was one of my closest friends,” Beshear said.

Nine people were hospitalized in all, including at least three police officers. One LMPD officer, Nickolas Wilt, 26, was shot in the head and is receiving brain surgery at UofL Hospital. He’s in critical condition.

Police aren’t sure yet on a motive, or how the shooter got the rifle. They did say he livestreamed the shooting somewhere on social media.

SWAT swarmed his home in south Louisville later in the afternoon.

We’re also told by a former employee that there is typically a sales meeting on Monday’s around 8:30 a.m. — which is when the shooting happened.

Greenberg called the shooting an “evil act of targeted violence.” 

He said the city has set up a family assistance center for anyone involved in the shooting at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 3rd and Market entrance. 

The mayor said victims and family members of victims should go to that location for updates.

The FBI created a website to collect tips, images and videos. Please share any at at this websiteor call 502-574-LMPD. 

In one video provided by a WLKY viewer, multiple loud pops that sound like gunshots could be heard followed by someone screaming, “active shooter at the bank.”

President Joe Biden posted on Twitter that the shooting was a “senseless act of gun violence” and offered his prayers for the victims and others impacted.

Beshear ordered flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday.

The building that houses the bank is near Louisville Slugger Field in the heart of downtown. You may recognize the building by its unique triangular, green roof. The bank is on the first floor and there are also condos in the 8-story building and other business tenants.

At the scene, WLKY observed bullet holes in the front windows of the bank, and a front window completely shattered.

Dozens of police cars and first responders had the area blocked off for hours.

According to the Associated Press, this was the 15th mass shooting so far this year in the US.

This story was originally published on WLKY.com.

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