The shooter who killed five people at a Louisville bank on Monday livestreamed his attack on Instagram, police said.
Connor Sturgeon, a 25-year-old employee at Old National Bank in Kentucky, broadcasted his assault on his coworkers on Instagram Live.
Meta, the social media company that owns Instagram, said they ‘quickly removed the livestream of this tragic incident this morning.’ It is unclear how long the stream was viewable to the public.
Sturgeon walked into the office building in downtown Louisville sometime after 8.30am on Monday. Police responded to the shooting just minutes later at 8.38am.
The entire encounter lasted about one minute, officials said on Tuesday.
In the video, Sturgeon appears to approach a front desk worker with his rifle visible, CNN reported.
‘You need to get out of here,’ he tells the employee, before shooting her in the back.
After opening fire on a conference room, Sturgeon then returns to the building’s front lobby and sits down, waiting for police to arrive.
Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) said body-worn camera footage from the responding officers would be released later today.
Sturgeon was killed by gunfire after engaging with police, LMPD Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel confirmed.
The police chief said investigators searched Sturgeon’s home and recovered some ‘items,’ which she declined to go into further detail about.
Chief Gwinn-Villaroel did confirm that the weapon he used was purchased legally at a gun dealer in Kentucky. ‘He purchased the weapon used on this tragic incident on April 4,’ she said.
The victims were identified as Joshua Barrick, 40, Juliana Farmer, 45, James Tutt, 64, and Thomas Elliott, 63.
Each of the victims worked at Old National Bank. Elliott, who was the Louisville branch’s senior vice president, was a close friend of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg
A fifth victim, Deana Eckert, 57, was hospitalized in critical condition and died about six hours later Monday night. Mayor Greenberg, who said he also knew Eckert, described her as a ‘kind and thoughtful person.’
Another eight people were injured in the massacre. University of Louisville Hospital trauma surgeon Dr Jason Smith confirmed that four victims are still hospitalized, but only two remain in the intensive care unit.
One of those victims in the ICU is Officer Nickolas Wilt, a rookie police officer who was shot in the head during the attack. ‘Officer Wilt is still in critical condition,’ Dr Smith said.
Additionally, Dr Smith reported that the hospital used a total of 170 units of blood on Monday, much more than the facility normally keeps on hand. The surgeon thanked the American Red Cross for providing emergency rations.
Mayor Greenberg announced that the city would be holding a vigil at the Muhammad Ali Center Plaza scheduled for 5.00pm on Wednesday, intending to ‘acknowledge the wounds, both physical and emotional, that gun violence leaves behind.’
‘We have already lost 40 people to gun violence in Louisville this year,’ Greenberg said. ‘Needless tragedy. Needless loss of life.’
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