Louisville police released multiple videos Tuesday showing the scene at Old National Bank on Monday, where a bank employee opened fire on his co-workers and then fired at police officers who responded to the scene.
Five people were killed and eight wounded in the shooting, which began just after 8:30 a.m., as CrimeOnline previously reported. Police identified the gunman as Connor Sturgeon, 25, who was killed in a shootout with police.
Sturgeon reportedly livestreamed the shooting on social media, although the footage was almost immediately taken down. Killed in the shooting were bank employees Joshua Barrick, 40; Juliana Farmer, 45; Tommy Elliott, 63; and James Tutt, 64; a fifth victim was identified as 57-year-old Deana Eckert, although it’s not clear if she was a bank employee.
Three police officers were wounded, including the first to arrive on scene, Nikolas Wilt, on his fourth shift as a police officer, and his training officer, Cory Galloway, who ultimately shot Sturgeon. Their body camera footage provides a dramatic look the front of the bank, as Sturgeon appeared to have been waiting to ambush arriving police officers.
Sturgeon opened fire when Galloway and Wilt reached the top of the stairs leading into the bank, striking both officers. They both went down, Wilt shot in the head. But Galloway was only grazed and retreated back to the bottom of the stairs. While he stays behind a concrete planter, he’s heard calling out to other officers about Wilt’s condition, while trying to get a shot at the gunman inside the building.
When other officers attempt to reach Wilt, Sturgeon again opens fire, this time blasting out the front window of the bank and allowing Galloway to fire the shot that killed the suspect. Galloway shouts that he thinks the suspect is down and, moments later, climbs the stairs and enters the bank, walking through the broken glass to Sturgeon’s body on the bank lobby floor.
Wilt’s body camera video stops just before he is shot. He remains in critical condition after surgery.
Police also released a bystander’s video, shot from across the street, that shows the same scene from in the two officers’ body camera footage.
The entire sequence, from the time officers are dispatched to Galloway entering the bank, took seven minutes.
Police said Sturgeon used an AR-15 rifle that he bought legally on April 4, WLKY reported. Investigators said they believe Sturgeon targeted at least some of the victims but declined to say who. Investigators said they’re still working to determine a motive, although Sturgeon left a note and had texted someone Monday morning indicating that he was suicidal.
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[Featured image: Connor Sturgeon, center, inside the bank. Cory Galloway, left, and Nikolas Wilt, right/Louisville Police Department]