The former employee who killed five people at the bank where he had worked on Monday was living in a one-story house with his close friend, who says he did not know his roommate was planning an attack, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Shooter Connor Sturgeon’s roommate Dallas Whalen, 24, has been cooperating fully with the police investigation, his lawyer told DailyMail.com.
‘It was as unknown and surprising to Dallas as everybody,’ the lawyer said.
The lawyer said that just minutes before he opened fire, Sturgeon sent his family a simple ‘I love you’ text message.
Whalen has kept a low profile since the shooting. His father went to the home Monday night to retrieve some of his son’s belongings and also to help a young woman, who is believed to have been staying there.
Connor Sturgeon’s roommate Dallas Whalen, 24, (right) has been cooperating fully with the police investigation, his lawyer told DailyMail.com
The pair lived in this modest two-bedroom home for about a year before Monday’s shooting that left Sturgeon and five victims dead. An officer is seen at the home
Connor Sturgeon (far right) is pictured with his parents Todd and Linda, and his younger brother Cameron, a professional model. He sent his family and ‘I love you’ text just minutes before the shooting
Authorities tell DailyMail.com that the murder weapon was ‘legally purchased from an arms dealer in Louisville on April 4.’
Whalen was unaware of the purchase and did not have any advanced knowledge or information about Connor’s plan or intentions, his lawyer, who is also representing the Sturgeon family, added.
Whalen’s lawyer said he’s working with the Sturgeon family and through them is offering Whalen counsel as well.
‘The family is still working with law enforcement,’ the lawyer said. ‘They don’t know much.
‘We were told by police that there are letters and things. We do not have them. We have not seen them, so we’re still trying to put that together too.’
His lawyer said that Whalen does not wish to make a formal statement at this time.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com that Sturgeon and his friend had been living in the modest two-bedroom house for about a year and described the shooter as quiet but friendly.
The neighbor said Sturgeon and Whalen were always polite and would invite her family over to their home when his friends would gather in the backyard, sometimes playing beer pong.
Sturgeon was killed by police in Louisville after storming Old National Bank on Monday.
Armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, he burst into the morning conference at 8:30am – before the bank was open to the public – and killed Tommy Elliott, 63; Joshua Barrick, 40; James ‘Jim’ Tutt, 64; and Juliana Farmer, 57.
The death of Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer at the bank and a mother of two, was confirmed on Monday evening by Louisville police.
All five were senior executives at the bank.
Sturgeon reportedly live-streamed the attack on Instagram, left a suicide note for his parents and posted memes announcing the imminent attack.
Sturgeon began working as a commercial development professional at the bank in June 2021 and moved into his most recent role in April 2022, according to his LinkedIn profile
Sturgeon worked at Old National Bank (pictured on Monday), but had been told he was being fired
Police are seen on the scene of Monday’s shooting in Louisville. Armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, Sturgeon burst into the morning conference at 8:30am – before the bank was open to the public
Sturgeon began working as a commercial development professional at the bank in June 2021 and moved into his most recent role in April 2022, according to his LinkedIn profile.
‘I am certified in the RMA Lending Decision Process, hold a Master’s in Finance from the University of Alabama, and am on the Young Professionals board for Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana,’ he wrote on his profile.
In 2022 he left his parents’ home in Greenville, Indiana and moved to Louisville to live with Whalen.
Neighbors said the pair were unassuming and did not cause problems.
‘Can’t say nothing really bad about the guy,’ said one neighbor, Kera Allgeier.
‘Very quiet, soft-spoken. They invited us over a couple of times for cookouts during summer, you know, very friendly. I just don’t understand.’
Allgeier’s husband Michael said that he saw Sturgeon coming into the house with his girlfriend, and agreed that Sturgeon seemed very ordinary.
He ‘seemed like a real normal dude – every day he’d wave to me,’ he told The Daily Beast. ‘And he would go his way, and I would go mine.
‘Quiet guy. You’d see him and his girlfriend carrying groceries into the house, just seemed like a regular dude.’
His girlfriend has not been named.
Officers were seen entering the home on Monday and leaving with what appeared to be a computer, and boxes of material.
Jim Ryan, the CEO of the bank, said on Monday evening: ‘There are no words to adequately describe the sadness and devastation that our Old National family is experiencing as we grieve the tragic loss of our team members and pray for the recovery of all those who were injured.’
Ryan continued: ‘Obviously, this is an incredibly difficult situation, and our entire focus is on making sure that everyone affected has the support and assistance they need.
‘On behalf of everyone at Old National, I also want to acknowledge and thank Louisville law enforcement, the medical community and state and local officials for their incredible response to this tragedy.
‘And finally, we ask you to please continue to pray for all those affected.’