Kentucky Bank Shooter’s AR-15 Will Be Auctioned After Five Kills
On Monday, April 10, a 25-year-old bank employee opened fire at the Old National Bank in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. At least five people were killed and eight others were injured in the mass shooting.
The attack began around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Authorities reportedly arrived on the scene within minutes and exchanged fire with the gunman, later identified as Connor Sturgeon. Louisville Metro Police say the shooter legally purchased an AR-15 rifle at a local gun store, and the firearm is now being auctioned off.
Louisville Kentucky Bank Shooter’s AR-15 Will Be Auctioned After Killing Five
On Tuesday, law enforcement officials released CCTV footage and body camera footage from officers that apparently show the gunman in the lobby holding an AR-15 rifle that law enforcement officials purchased legally.
The firearm is now up for auction. TMZ was the first to report the news Wednesday morning, claiming that “firearms seized by law enforcement should be auctioned off.” It’s worth noting that these firearms can only be purchased from federally licensed gun dealers who are licensed to carry the weapon you’re purchasing.
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, who previously called for thoughts and prayers for the victims still in the hospital, flouted the state law during a news conference Monday. “Our current laws allow violence and murder,” he said after the shooting. “Just think about it: that killer weapon will be back on the streets one day.”
“It’s time to change this law and let us destroy illegal guns and destroy the guns that have been used to kill our friends and neighbors,” he continued, calling on leaders to end the “epidemic of gun violence.”
The new officer was shot in the head and is still hospitalized in serious condition
On Tuesday, Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey walked through footage of the mass shooting taken from several police officers at the scene. CNN. Newly sworn in officer Nickolas Wilt was shot in the head and is still in critical condition at the hospital.
Officer “CJ” Galloway, who was Wilt’s training officer, presented body camera footage of the conversation between the officers, who stated that they did not see the shooter who they said fired at them through the window.
After Wilt was shot, Humphrey said the gunman “wanted to kill them while they were trying to save Officer Wilt.” The exchange of gunfire prompted Galloway to look through the broken windows to see where the shooter was, and Humphrey said he managed to fire a shot that killed the gunman. Galloway reportedly suffered only one minor gunshot wound.
Multiple reports indicated the shooter live-streamed the attack on Instagram, though the video has since been taken down. A city official told CNN the shooter fired his gun inside the bank and then appeared to wait for officers to arrive, though a motive for the attack has not yet been released.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said he had a ‘close friend who didn’t make it’
“I had a very close friend who didn’t make it today.”
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is making an emotional statement about the deadly mass shooting in Louisville that left at least four people dead and eight others injured. https://t.co/MtAZB9Pxci pic.twitter.com/OsNiCjiZW9
— ABC News (@ABC) April 10, 2023
Kentucky governor on Monday Andy Beshear he told a press conference that he “had a very close friend who didn’t make it today.” The victims included Joshua Barrick, 40, Thomas Elliot, 63, Juliana Farmer, 45, James Tutt, 64, and Deana Eckert, 57.
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg also asked for prayers for those “fighting for their lives” news conference on Monday. Greenberg asked the world to pray for those in the hospital who are “injured (and) fighting for their lives as a result of yet another act of gun violence.”
Greenberg also thanked the “brave and heroic” first responders for their quick response, saying, “Without a doubt, their actions saved lives.” He went on to say, “Despite tragedies like today, when more people are killed by gun violence, our community will continue to come together.”