New details about the mass shooting Monday at the Old National Bank in Louisville have emerged, including a statement from deceased shooter Connor Sturgeon’s family and police body cam footage showing the moment the authorities killed him.
The family statement was issued to local station WDRB late Tuesday.
“While Connor, like many of his contemporaries, had mental health challenges which we, as a family, were actively addressing, there were never any warning signs or indications he was capable of this shocking act,” the statement reads.
“While we have many unanswered questions, we will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials and do all we can to aid everyone in understanding why and how this happened,” it continues.
The statement concludes with Sturgeon’s family mourning all the lives that were lost.
“No words can express our sorrow, anguish, and horror at the unthinkable harm our son Connor inflicted on innocent people, their families, and the entire Louisville community. We mourn their loss and that of our son, Connor. We pray for everyone traumatized by his senseless acts of violence and are deeply grateful for the bravery and heroism of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department,” the statement reads.
The bodycam footage meanwhile was published by the Louisville Police Department.
Watch it below (*Graphic content):
#BREAKING: Louisville Metro Police release bodycam footage of officers, showing their lifesaving actions during yesterday’s mass shooting.
The shooter is still actively firing when officers pull up. pic.twitter.com/BKfL7pB0ok
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) April 11, 2023
The first two responding officers have been named as Cory Galloway and rookie Nick Wilt. According to reports, Sturgeon had been waiting to “ambush” them.
In the video above, Sturgeon opens fire on them, prompting them to fire back.
“Wilt was shot in the head and Galloway was grazed in the shoulder by a bullet in the exchange,” according to the New York Post.
Galloway’s bullets were the ones that eventually killed Sturgeon.
Here are our HERO Officers. Ofc. Nickolas Wilt (L) and Ofc. Cory “CJ” Galloway (R). Both are assigned to LMPD’s First Division. Officer Wilt graduated on 3-31-23. Officer Galloway is a Training Officer and has been an Officer since 2018. #LMPD #Heroes pic.twitter.com/Ai8lvJQBTh
— LMPD (@LMPD) April 11, 2023
As previously reported, Sturgeon had been an employee at the bank for roughly a year prior to Monday’s unexpected mass shooting.
The shooting began around 8:30 am, when Sturgeon “opened fire as some employees met for a morning meeting before the bank was open to the public,” according to CNN.
He opened fire with an AR-15 he’d purchased legally days earlier, according to The Daily Beast. He also live-streamed the shooting on Facebook, where it was “quickly removed.”
He wound up killing five of his colleagues. The victims have been identified as Tommy Elliott, 63; Jim Tutt, 64; Josh Barrick, 40; Juliana Farmer, 45; and Deana Eckert, 57.
Rebecca Buchheit-Sims, one of the bank’s managers, told CNN that Sturgeon was “extremely intelligent.” Others who knew him said they were completely shocked by his behavior on Monday.
However, “prior writings by the gunman indicate he struggled to fit in before he joined the team at Old National Bank,” CNN notes.
“My self-esteem has long been a problem for me. As a late bloomer in middle and high school, I struggled to a certain extent to fit in, and this has given me a somewhat negative self-image that persists today. Making friends has never been especially easy, so I have more experience than most in operating alone,” he reportedly wrote in a 2018 college essay.
He added that in college, he’d “begun to mature socially and am beginning to see improvement in this area,” and that he hoped to “be more self-aware and start becoming a ‘better’ person.”
Also, prior to Monday’s shooting, “Sturgeon wrote a note to his parents and a friend indicating that he was going to open fire in the bank. … It is not clear whether that note was on paper or emailed, or whether it was seen before the incident or after,” according to CNN.
Despite his alleged troubles fitting in, Sturgeon was reportedly popular in high school.
“A former friend and teammate of Sturgeon’s from Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, described Sturgeon to The Daily Beast as ‘Mr. Floyd Central.’ Sturgeon was smart, popular, and a star athlete in high school track, football, and basketball, he said,” The Daily Beast notes.
“I know everyone always says this about shooters but I truly would have never expected it to be him,” the teammate said.
His teammate added that Sturgeon always wore a helmet during basketball games because of how often he got a concussion.
“The big thing I keep going back to is that in the first year of high school, we played football together in eighth grade, he was out most of the year because he had multiple concussions. Then he had a couple more in high school,” the teammate said.
“I’m not saying it’s the cause but I always think back to that… There were times I’d wonder, will this catch up with him? But never in this way. He’s the last person I’d expect would do this,” the teammate added.
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