Deadly Shooting in Downtown Louisville Leaves Four Dead and Nine Injured
A shooting in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday left at least four people dead and nine injured, according to police. The shooter, identified as 25-year-old Connor Sturgeon, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle during the attack and livestreamed it on Instagram. Sturgeon, an employee of the Old National Bank, where the shooting took place, was killed by police. Five of the nine injured had gunshot wounds, with three in critical condition and three already discharged.
The victims of the shooting were named as Tommy Elliott, Jim Tutt Jr., Josh Barrick, Juliana Farmer, and Deana Eckert. Governor Andy Beshear spoke emotionally about his friend Tommy Elliott, who helped him build his law career and become governor. One of the wounded officers, Nickolas Wilt, was shot in the head and underwent brain surgery. Wilt had just graduated from the LMPD Police Academy on March 31.
Sturgeon graduated from the University of Alabama in December 2020 with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in finance. He worked at Old National Bank as a syndications associate and portfolio banker, having completed internships there during his time at university. Sturgeon was described as a star athlete in high school, playing basketball, football, and running track. His father, Todd Sturgeon, was the head basketball coach at Floyd Central High School, where Connor attended.
President Joe Biden called for Congress to pass stricter gun safety laws, noting that the Louisville shooting was at least the 146th mass shooting in the US in 2023. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his condolences and praised the bravery of first responders.
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg condemned the shooting as an “evil act of targeted violence.” The city had recently experienced a gun attack on the mayor himself. Old National Bank CEO Jim Ryan expressed sympathy for those affected and said the safety of employees and customers was paramount.
The shooting is a tragic reminder of the ongoing issue of gun violence in the US and the urgent need for action to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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