Louisville Police on Wednesday released audio from several 911 calls made on Monday as a deadly mass shooting unfolded at the Old National Bank — including one call from the suspected shooter’s mother.
Five people were killed and several more wounded before the shooter, a 25-year-old bank employee identified as Connor Sturgeon, was killed in a shootout with responding police officers, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Investigators released 12 calls in two separate clips. The calls in the first clip include one from a woman at another bank branch — a group was having a meeting with executives from a different bank branch via Microsoft Teams.
“I just watched it,” the caller tells the dispatcher frantically. ” … Yes, we were having a board meeting.”
The caller said she saw “somebody on the floor” and “heard multiple shots.” “And then he came into the board room,” she sobbed.
The second call came from a woman who was hiding in a closet at the bank, who tells the dispatcher “probably 8 or 9” people have been shot. That caller recognized the shooter as someone who “works with us.”
Multiple gunshots are heard during this call, and the caller admits to seeing “a lot of blood.” After a few minutes, the dispatcher tells her police are arriving, and then after a few more gut-wrenching minutes — with other dispatchers talking to other callers in the background — the caller cries out for help as police enter the room where she’s hiding.
Another call is from Sturgeon’s mother, who tells the dispatcher that her son’s roommate called her and said Sturgeon was “headed toward the Old National at Main Street here in Louisville.” She says Sturgeon “apparently left a note.”
“I don’t know what to do. I need your help,” the mother says. “I think, he’s never hurt anyone. He’s a really good kid.”
She says she doesn’t believe he owns a gun (police said he bought the gun legally on April 4) and is “not violent.” She tells the dispatcher she’s trying to get into the car, but the dispatcher tells her to stay put.
“I don’t want you to go to the location,” the dispatcher says. “We have a situation that’s going on down there right now. We’ve already had calls from other people, and I do not need you to go to location at this time. It’s dangerous there.”
“You’ve had calls from other people, so he’s already there?” the mother says.
” Yes, at Old National Bank on East Main Street, we have,” the dispatcher replies.
The calls on the second clip came from outside the bank building.
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[Featured image: Louisville Metro Police Department]