Louisville shooter Connor Sturgeon, 25, left a chilling voicemail message to a friend saying that he felt ‘suicidal’ and planned to ‘kill everyone at the bank’ police dispatch audio has revealed.
Broadcastify released more than 31 minutes of audio providing a detailed account of the police response to Monday’s deadly bank massacre in real-time, before Sturgeon was gunned down in a hail of bullets.
Armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, Sturgeon burst into the morning conference at the Old National Bank on Monday – before it was open to the public – and killed five senior executives.
On the recording between a dispatcher and officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department – responding officers can be heard asking for the EMS to be sent after discovering one of their colleagues has been shot in the head on the steps of the downtown Louisville bank.
Gunfire can be heard on the audio, with one officer saying there were ‘shots fired.’
The audio also reveals that as the chaos unfolded, police were approached by Sturgeon’s mother and his younger brother at the scene.
’25-year-old White male, Connor Sturgeon 6 4′. He’s texted a friend, called a friend, left a voicemail saying he’s gonna kill everyone at the bank. Feeling suicidal,’ according to Broadcastify audio.
Connor Sturgeon, 25, was identified as the lone gunman in an attack at the Old National Bank on Monday morning that killed five people and wounded nine others, including two police officers. He is pictured in surveillance footage casually dressed while holding an AR-15
It’s been reported that Sturgeon went on the rampage after allegedly being notified that the bank where he’d worked since 2021 was ending his employment, law enforcement sourced told CNN. But a motive is yet to be revealed by officials.
Sturgeon also left a note for his parents and a friend telling them that he was going to attack the bank, the source added.
Michael McCoy, 45, told The New York Post that the bank worker’s roommate called the police and reported finding a letter from him.
‘[The roommate] seemed like he was tripping, like he couldn’t believe any of this,’ McCoy said. ‘They found a letter and a note he wrote and reported it to the police.’
McCoy, who is Sturgeon’s neighbor, told the outlet that the gunman’s roommate, Dallas Whelan, lived at home in the Camp Taylor section of Louisville for almost a year.
‘I talked to him last night. He said, ‘Hey Mike.’ And I said ‘hey,” McCoy said, adding that he witnessed police removing computers and other items from Sturgeon’s home.
Whelan, who is a friend of Sturgeon’s from the University of Alabama, has been cooperating with the police investigation, according to his lawyer.
Sturgeon, 25, left a chilling voicemail message to a friend saying that he felt ‘suicidal’ and planned to ‘kill everyone at the bank’ police dispatch audio has revealed
Officer Cory ‘CJ’ Galloway (left) was training Officer Nickolas Wilt (right) on Monday, on Wilt’s 10th day in the job
Kera Allgeier, McCoy’s girlfriend, described Sturgeon as ‘a quiet guy’ to the outlet.
‘They were the best neighbors. They’d have friends out and a cookout. They were average 20-year-olds playing beer pong or whatever,’ she said about Sturgeon and his roommate.
How the shooting unfolded
8:33am – Connor Sturgeon, a 25-year-old employee of Old National, arrives at the bank. He shoots a receptionist, goes into the conference room and murders five. He then returns to the lobby and awaits the arriving officers.
8:38am – Police officers are dispatched.
8:41am – Officers Nickolas Wilt and Cory Galloway arrive on scene. They approach the building, and Wilt, second up the steps, is shot in the head.
8:42am – Galloway falls to the floor then scrambles down the steps to seek cover, looking for a clear sight to take the gunman down.
8:44am – Gunfire is exchanged, and Galloway yells: ‘I think I got him down. I think he’s down! Suspect down, get the officer.’
8:45am – Galloway enters the building and confirms Sturgeon is dead.
‘I can’t say nothing [sic] bad about them. They were good neighbors — quiet, respectful.’
Allgeier said the 25-year-old had a ‘good work ethic’ and cared about his job.
‘He wasn’t the type not to go to work. He took pride in his job. I feel like he took pride in his work. That’s the way I see him as,’ she said, adding that compared to his more talkative roommate, Sturgeon was ‘the quiet one.’
‘Connor was more square,’ Allgeier said.
DailyMail.com recreated the path Sturgeon took Monday morning as he slaughtered five of his colleagues and injured eight others.
The 25-year-old was seen entering the Old National Bank on East Main Street in Louisville at 8.33am with his legally-purchased AR-15 in hand.
He then allegedly told a woman near the front entrance to run, but shot her in the back as she tried to flee. It remains unclear whether she died from the wounds.
At that point, officials said, Sturgeon made his way to a conference room in the back of the bank to finish off his massacre.
Once that was done, authorities have said, he made his way back to the lobby where he waited for a minute and a half for cops to arrive on the scene.
When they finally did, officers immediately exchanged gunfire with the shooter, and by 8.45am, Sturgeon was ‘neutralized.’
The gunman livestreamed the entire event on Instagram. The video has not been released to the public, but a city official with knowledge of the investigation described to CNN how a friendly colleague wished Sturgeon a good morning before he started firing.
‘You need to get out of here,’ the gunman reportedly tells the woman — before trying to shoot her in the back as she fled.
The attempt, though, failed because the weapon was still unloaded at the time with its safety on.
Once Sturgeon took the safety off and loaded the gun, the official said, he tried again and shot the staff member in the back. It is unclear if the woman survived.
The shooter then allegedly proceeded to spray fire inside the bank as frantic employees tried to to outrun him.
Thomas Elliott, 63, one of Governor Andy Beshear’s ‘closest’ friends, died Monday morning in the mass shooting at Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. Also killed was James ‘Jim’ Tutt, 64, a marketing executive at the bank
Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer at the bank, was declared dead on Monday evening
Joshua Barrick, 40, a vice president of commercial real estate at the bank, was also killed by the lone gunman, as was Juliana Farmer, 45
By around 8.38am, police have said, they started receiving calls about an ‘active shooter’ at the location.
Authorities say Sturgeon did not travel to any of the other more populated floors in the building, which also houses a real estate firm, during the targeted attack.
After just about one minute, the city official said, Sturgeon returned to the lobby and waited 90 seconds for police to arrive.
They came on the scene at 8.41am, and immediately started exchanging gunfire with Sturgeon.
Within just three minutes, authorities said Sturgeon was ‘neutralized.’
It remains unclear whether he died of a gunshot wound he sustained during the shootout with cops, or of a self-inflicted wound.
Also killed in the massacre were Thomas Elliott, 63, Joshua Barrick, 40, Juliana Farmer, 45, James Tutt, 64, and Deana Eckert, 57.
A total of eight people were injured, including rookie cop Nicholas Wilt, 26, who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.
Videos posted online in the aftermath showed officers at the scene running out into the street during rush hour traffic and warning drivers to get out of their cars because there was an ‘active shooter.’
At least three gunshots could be heard in the footage.
Photos showed blood splattered on the steps leading up to the bank, and broken glass on the ground.
Workers inside the building have since described how they fled from the blood-soaked scene and scrambled to the vault to hide from the killer as he rampaged through the building.
One bank employee told WHAS that they saw a man with a ‘long assault rifle’ fire multiple shots near the conference room.
Louisville Metro police are pictured outside the bank Monday morning as an investigation was underway
Authorities have said they arrived on the scene within just three minutes of getting a call about an active shooter
‘He just started firing,’ the unnamed employee said. ‘I didn’t see his face. We were in the conference room.
But a manager told how she witnessed her colleagues being murdered live on a Microsoft Teams session.
Rebecca Buchheit-Sims said her meeting was already in progress by the time Sturgeon entered the room.
‘I’m just in shock and was in disbelief as I watched it unravel,’ she told CNN, adding it ‘happened very quickly.’
She said she did not work with Sturgeon, but knew him because his father was her son’s high school basketball coach — and her husband was an assistant coach.
The bank manager described Sturgeon as someone with ‘just kind of a monotone personality.’
‘His temperament is pretty low-key. I’ve never seen the kid get angry or upset about anything in public,’ she said. ‘He was pretty much just relaxed.’
Buchheit-Sims said she was unaware of any threats or issues, but noted that Sturgeon was ‘extremely intelligent.’
The gunman had apparently been planning out his attack, leaving his parents a note informing them of his intentions and buying the AR-15 one week prior.
He also reportedly texted a friend that he would ‘shoot up the bank.’
And in the hours before he stormed the building, Sturgeon made a series of ominous Instagram posts including one that said: ‘They won’t listen to words or protests. Let’s see if they hear this.’
Sturgeon had no previous criminal history, and his mother Lisa and younger brother Cameron were said to have approached police at the scene outside the bank to confirm his identity.