“Police body camera video released Tuesday showed the chaotic moments when police arrived at the scene of a mass shooting at a bank in downtown Louisville, as the shooter they couldn’t see from the street rained bullets down on them.
The videos, taken from two wounded officers’ lapels, offer a rare perspective of police officers responding to a massacre that killed five and injured eight others Monday. One, a rookie officer, was shot in the head within minutes of arriving at the scene, as his partner was grazed by a bullet and sought cover while still trying to take down the shooter.”
What We Know:
- Armed with the rifle, Connor Sturgeon, a 25 year old bank employee, killed his co-workers — including a close friend of Kentucky’s governor . He was then killed by police.
- Sturgeon live-streamed the attack on Instagram. The video has been taken down. A city official described the footage to CNN, saying the shooter fired his AR-15-style weapon inside the bank for about a minute and then appeared to wait a minute and a half before police arrived.
- Sturgeon’s Instagram account posted two movie quotes: “I know what I have to do but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it,” and “I could burn the whole place down” — the latter he described as “Monday vibes.” His account also posted the words, “They won’t listen to words or protests. Lets see if they hear this“.
- Connor Sturgeon, 25, identified himself as “Syndications Associate and Portfolio Banker” at Old National Bank, which he joined fulltime in 2021 after three consecutive summer internships from 2018-20 while Sturgeon completed a master’s degree in finance at the University of Alabama.
- The entire incident lasted about nine minutes.
- “We do know this was targeted. He knew those individuals, of course, because he worked there,” a spokesperson said, but didn’t give an indication of a motive behind the shooting.
- Five Old National Bank employees were killed: Joshua Barrick, 40, a senior vice president; Tommy Elliott, 63, also a senior vice president; Jim Tutt Jr., 64, a commercial real estate market executive; Juliana Farmer, 45, a loan analyst; and Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer.
- Sturgeon legally bought an AR-15-style rifle at a local gun dealership.
- Officer Nickolas Wilt: The newly sworn-in officer was shown in body camera footage going back into the line of fire to protect other people. Wilt was shot in the head and is still in critical condition at the hospital. Wilt, a 26-year-old rookie officer, is in critical condition at a local hospital. He graduated from the police academy just 11 days ago.
- While police attempted to rescue Wilt after he was shot, Officer Galloway’s body camera shows the suspect shooting at them “trying to kill them in their process of trying to save Officer Wilt,” Chief Humphrey said. The gunfire broke the bank windows, allowing Galloway to find a vantage point to see where the gunman was located, Humphrey said. Galloway killed Sturgeon and suffered a minor gunshot wound.
- On Monday afternoon, police and ATF officers were spotted outside a home at the intersection of Taylor Avenue and Warren Street where Sturgeon was believed to reside. Officers with long rifles and tactical gear arrived in an armored vehicle and entered the home. After about 10 minutes inside, evidence technicians left with several bags of evidence.
Local Louisville WDRB and CNN