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Louisville Bank Shooter Knew He Was Going To Be Fired

Connor Sturgeon, a Louisville bank employee, knew he was going to be fired and wrote to loved ones before heading to work Monday and opening fire, killing five people and injuring eight others, CNN reports. Sturgeon, 25, started his attack around 8:30 a.m. at Old National Bank in downtown said. He opened fire as some employees met for a morning meeting before the bank was open to the public. Rebecca Buchheit-Sims, a manager, watched the meeting virtually and witnessed her coworkers slain. Buchheit-Sims described Sturgeon as “extremely intelligent.” His writings indicate he struggled to fit in before he joined the team at Old National Bank and was on the brink of being terminated when he entered the bank with a rifle.

Sturgeon had worked at the bank for more than a year. He livestreamed his attack on Instagram, a video that has since been removed from the platform. Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said he did not have “any prior engagement” with police. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said one victim, Tommy Elliott, a senior vice president at the bank, was one of his closest friends. Eight others were injured, including Nickolas Wilt, a 26-year-old police officer who graduated from the police academy just 10 days ago. Wilt was shot in the head and underwent brain surgery. Sturgeon wrote a note to his parents and a friend indicating that he was going to open fire in the bank. Police have the video of the shooting that had been posted on Instagram. “The suspect was live streaming. And unfortunately, that’s tragic. To know that that incident was out there and captured,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.

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