Shooting, ‘multiple casualties’ reported in downtown Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five people are dead and several others have been injured after an active shooter situation in downtown Louisville.

The 25-year-old suspected shooter is also dead, authorities say.

As of around 9:15 a.m. Monday, police said the suspected shooter was neutralized, and there is no longer an active aggressor threat.

LMPD says calls came in for an active aggressor near the 300 block of East Main Street at the Old National Bank at about 8:30 a.m. Officers arrived on scene within minutes.

Two officers were shot in an exchange of gunfire, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department. One officer was grazed on the left side and the other has minor injuries, police say.

One officer, Nicholas Wilt, 26, is currently in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, according to LMPD. Police say Wilt, who graduated from the police academy on March 31, ran toward gunfire during the shooting. Wilt and another officer were among the nine injured that were treated at University of Louisville hospital. At least three patients have been discharged.

The victims who died in the shooting include:

  • Joshua Barrick, 40
  • Thomas Elliot, 63
  • Juliana Farmer, 45
  • James Tutt, 64
  • Deana Eckert, 57

During a briefing around 10 a.m., authorities said the suspect has a connection to the bank but had not confirmed the nature of that connection.

Shortly after 2 p.m., police chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel spoke during an additional briefing, when she confirmed the suspect “was employed at Old National Bank.” She identified the suspect as Connor Sturgeon, 25.

In addition, she says the suspect’s weapon of choice was a rifle.

Gov. Andy Beshear said in a Tweet that he was heading to Louisville after receiving the news. Beshear later spoke at the briefing, saying two of his very close friends have died and one is in the hospital. He also encouraged officers and bank employees to reach out for help when they need it after experiencing this today.

“Please pray for all of the families impacted and for the city of Louisville,” Beshear said.