By Kevin Zhang
About half an hour before opening for business, employees at the Old National Bank branch near the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, were preparing to begin a board meeting.
Just minutes later, five bank employees would become casualties in a mass shooting.
Amongst the five victims of the bank shooting was Thomas Elliott, the bank’s 63-year-old senior vice president, a personal friend of Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, who lost a close friend in Elliott. Greenberg had also himself survived a workplace shooting last year in his campaign headquarters.
“It is painful for all of the families I know,” said Greenberg.
In just 106 days of 2023, 162 mass shootings have already been reported from the U.S., according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as a shooting in which at least four people are shot.
The mother of the gunman, 25-year-old Old National Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, was among the 911 callers on Monday.
Her son, she told a police dispatcher, was heading to the bank branch on East Main Street. He had a gun and apparently left a note found by a roommate, she said.
Surgeon was killed by police shortly after he fatally shot the five bank employees and then fired at police, wounding Officer Nickolas Wilt. The 26-year-old rookie was shot in the head just 10 days after graduating from police academy, leaving him in critical condition. Seven others were injured.
Sturgeon had legally purchased his AR-15-style rifle before the attack, police said. The motive for the shooting is still unclear.
The shooting was live streamed on Instagram, compounding the terror, before it was taken down by Instagram parent company Meta.