On Monday, April 10, a 25-year-old bank employee opened fire at the Old National Bank in downtown Louisville. Five were killed and eight were hospitalized, including a rookie officer who was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.
On Wednesday, law enforcement officials released the 911 calls from the shooting, which have been making their way to social media. The calls paint a terrifying picture of the tragedy that occurred during the shooting.
Bank Employee Calls 911 After Witnessing Lousiville Bank Shooting Livestream
In one TikTok video, a woman becomes emotional as she explains to the 911 operator what she saw. The video begins with her panicking when she is asked for the address of the Old National Bank in downtown, Louisville. She tells police that there is an active shooter there and identifies herself as an employee of another branch at the bank. When asked how she knows there is an active shooter on the premises, she replies, “I just watched it.”
“I just watched it on a Teams meeting. We were having a board meeting with our commercial team,” she explains. After she identifies the shooter as a “white man,” she says that the video is still going although she can’t see anything else. She breathes heavily into the phone and stays on the line for three minutes as she provides a physical description of the shooter.
The female caller also describes the interior of the bank, describing it as a “circular-shaped office.” She adds that the section that is open to customers is “probably still locked,” as the shooting took place around 8:30 AM on Monday morning, approximately half an hour before it would have opened for the day.
When asked if she saw anyone being shot, she replied, “I see somebody on the floor,” adding, “We heard multiple shots and everybody started saying, ‘Oh my god’ and then he came into the board room.”
At the end of the video, the 911 operator confirms that they had “multiple people” calling in to report the shooting. One of the people was the shooter’s own mother, who said that she learned “secondhand” that her son was involved in the shooting.
Shooter’s Mother Calls 911 After Learning ‘Secondhand’ About Her Son
The shooter’s mother also called 911 to say that her son had a gun and was headed to the Old National Bank of Main Street.
“This is his mother. I’m so sorry, I’m getting details secondhand. I’m learning about it now. Oh my Lord,” she says, adding that her son “apparently left a note,” although law enforcement officials have yet to publish a motive for the shooting.
“He’s never hurt anyone, he’s a really good kid,” she says. “We don’t even own guns. I don’t know where he would have gotten a gun.”
According to law enforcement officials, the shooter, 25-year-old Connor Sturgeon, obtained the AR-15-style firearm legally. However, his mother was not the only one shocked by the shooter’s actions.
A former high school classmate of the gunman told WDRB that he never saw any “sort of red flag or signal that this could ever happen,” adding, “This is a total shock. He was a really good kid who came from a really good family.”
Family Of Lousiville Bank Shooter Claims He Struggled With ‘Mental Health Challenges’
In a separate statement, his family said that he suffered from depression and was facing “mental health challenges.” They too claimed that there were “never any warning signs” that led to five deaths.
“While Connor, like many of his contemporaries, had mental health challenges which we, as a family, were actively addressing, there were never any warning signs or indications he was capable of this shocking act,” the family said in a statement. “No words can express our sorrow, anguish, and horror at the unthinkable harm our son Connor inflicted on innocent people, their families, and the entire Louisville community.”
“We mourn their loss and that of our son, Connor. We pray for everyone traumatized by his senseless acts of violence and are deeply grateful for the bravery and heroism of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department,” they added.
The victims have since been identified as Joshua Barrick (40), Thomas Elliot (63), Juliana Farmer (45), James Tutt (64), and Deana Eckert (57).