The gunman who opened fire during a morning conference at the Old National Bank in downtown Louisville, Kentucky and killed four people has been identified as a employee at the bank.
Authorities say Connor Sturgeon, 25, was responsible for the latest mass shooting on Monday at 8.30am when he entered the bank with an AR-15 style assault rifle and started firing. Police, however, said he was 23.
Sturgeon’s LinkedIn profile shows that he was employed for just one year at the bank as a syndications associate and portfolio banker after previously serving as an intern. It also shows that he earned a Master’s in Finance from the University of Alabama, which the university later confirmed.
During the shooting, it was overheard on police scanners that Sturgeon was ‘suicidal and texted a friend that he would “shoot up the bank.”‘ Police also confirmed that Sturgeon livestreamed the shooting on his Instagram, which has since been taken down.
A motive for the mass shooting, in which he allegedly killed four others and injured nine, remains unclear, though unconfirmed reports suggest he was suicidal and disgruntled with his workplace.
The victims have also been identified as Joshua Barrick, 40; Thomas Elliott, 63; Juliana Farmer, 45; and James Tutt, 64.
Elliott was a major Democratic donor, whom Gov. Andy Beshear. And police officer Nicholas Wilt, 26, is now in critical condition after being shot in the head.
The gunman was also killed in the shooting, but it is unclear if he died from a self-inflicted wound or from injuries he sustained as he exchanged gunfire with officers at the scene.
Connor Sturgeon, 25, has been identified as the shooter at the Old National Bank on Monday
Sturgeon was an employee of the bank. A motive for the shooting remains unclear
Blood was seen on the steps outside the Old National Bank in Louisville on Monday morning
Sturgeon grew up in Louisville and Indiana, and played basketball at the Floyd Central High School, where his father, Todd, served as the coach.
The elder Sturgeon resigned from the high school in 2022 saying he wanted to spend more time with Connor and a younger son, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.
He listed ‘he/him’ pronouns on his profile and recently praised the bank’s leadership program, writing he ‘can’t recommend this program enough.
‘The opportunity to work with great folks in several areas to see where I fit was immensely beneficial,’ he said.
He had previously worked at the bank ‘for three consecutive summers’ while he was in college at the University of Alabama.
In 2022, he posted about taking part in the Focus Louisville program, saying it was an ‘eye-opening experience about many of the issues around Louisville and the people who are working to solve them.
‘One of the biggest takeaways was the volume of people whoa re working to have a positive impact, at places like Junior Achievement, Goodwill and JCTC,’ he wrote. ‘I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn, and for meeting so many great people as both speakers and classmates.’
Sturgeon had no previous criminal history, and his mother and brother were said to have approached police at the scene outside the bank to confirm Connor’s identity.
Sturgeon grew up in Louisville, and served on the Floyd Central High School basketball team
Residents of Louisville are pictured consoling each other outside of the Old National Bank
Officers staged outside of the bank as they continued to investigate the scene
ATF agents and Louisville police officers were seen outside his home following the shooting
Police are seen speaking with neighbors on Sturgeon’s street on Monday
Officers canvassed the neighborhood as they worked to get more information about the suspected shooter
Louisville Metro police said they arrived at the 300 block of East Main Street within three minutes of the gunman opening fire, and found him still spraying bullets when they arrived.
Videos of the shooting posted online showed officers at the scene running out into the street during rush hour traffic on Monday and warning drivers to get out of the car because there is an ‘active shooter.’
At least three gunshots could be heard in the footage.
Officers were later spotted outside Sturgeon’s home in the city’s Camp Taylor neighborhood. There was yellow crime scene tape and officers appeared to be conducting an investigation.
Witnesses have said that the alleged shooter was carrying a ‘long assault rifle’ when he fired multiple shots near the conference room at the bank.
‘He just started firing,’ an unnamed employee told WHAS . ‘I didn’t see his face. We were in the conference room.
‘Whoever was next to me got shot, their blood’s on me,’ he added.
Two people are pictured embracing outside the Old National Bank in Louisville
Authorities say there is no ongoing threat to the public, but are urging people to avoid the area as the investigation continues
Police were deployed to the scene of the mass shooting in downtown Louisville on Monday morning
Another witness said they heard multiple gunshots as well as breaking glass coming from the bank after she dropped her son off at his job.
‘I had just dropped my son off at work on River Road,’ an unnamed witness told WDRB. ‘I was at the stop light, and the first thing that I saw — there was a guy across the street of the intersection and he was lying down at the entrance to a hotel.’
At first, she said, she thought the man was just out for a jog — but then she noticed he was on the steps and not the sidewalk.
That is when she said she heard gunfire, with video from the scene showing at least three shots were fired.
‘As I was siting at that intersection, gunfire erupted, like, right over my head,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know if it was going at the bank or out of the bank, I took off.’
‘When I turned, I saw that one of the windows in the bank had been blown out.’
She then said she saw police vehicles pull up to the area.
‘They were coming from everywhere,’ she said. ‘The police were coming out of their cars with black rifles.’
‘I just ducked in my car and waited there.’
ATF officers were seen with a stretcher outside the Old National Bank on Monday
Ambulances and police cars were seen outside the Louisville Slugger Field following the shooting
At least a dozen police cars and three ambulances responded to the area in the aftermath, according to witnesses on social media, and stretchers were seen being rolled onto some ambulances as blood and glass were seen scattered around the ground.
The FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officers are also on the scene as an investigation continues.
In the meantime, President Joe Biden is urging Congress to pass gun control measures.
‘Once again, our nation mourns after a senseless act of gun violence — Jill and I pray for the lives lost and impacted by today’s shooting,’ he said in a statement.
‘Too many Americans are paying for the price of inaction with their lives,’ the president continued. ‘When will Republicans in Congress act to protect our communities?’