Emergency calls published on Wednesday revealed that the mother of the 25-year-old bank employee who went on a shooting rampage at his Kentucky employer on Monday, killing five people and injuring nine more, urgently dialed 911 to report her son’s intentions.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department published the calls, one of which came from a worker who saw the attack while participating in a video conference meeting, hours before hundreds of locals gathered to mourn at a vigil at the city’s Muhammad Ali Center.
Connor Sturgeon, who was working at the Old National Bank’s downtown branch when the incident occurred, was named by police as the shooter in Louisville. Police shot and killed him on Monday.
When the shooting took place, a flurry of calls from terrified bank employees came in on Monday morning. Among them was a call from a lady identifying herself as the suspect’s mother to the city’s emergency number.
The tweet below confirms the news of the shooting:
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'EXCLUSIVE: 'He was under the care of mental health professionals.' Louisville shooter Connor Sturgeon was being treated for depression and… pic.twitter.com/q78ERtKD3i
— AwakenedOutlaw⚒️ (@AwakenedOutlaw) April 12, 2023
She informed the operator that she had learned via her son’s roommate that the man had left a message indicating he had a pistol and was going to the bank. She spoke between gasps.
“He’s never hurt anyone, he’s a really good kid,” the woman, whose name was omitted from the recording, said. “We don’t even own guns, I don’t know where he would have gotten a gun.”
According to remarks made by Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg during the vigil, the killing on Monday raised the total number of people killed by gun violence in Louisville in 2023 to 40.
“We are all in pain right now,” Greenberg said at the vigil. “Whether you knew some of these wonderful people who were killed on Monday or not we come together this evening to acknowledge that every violent death is tragic.”
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 146 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2023, which is the highest up to this time in the year since 2016. A mass shooting, according to the nonprofit organization, occurs when four people are shot or killed, not counting the perpetrator.
Three 9-year-old pupils and three staff members were shot and killed by a former student at a private Christian school in Nashville just two weeks before the atrocity in Louisville. The shooting shocked the entire community and the nation, despite the fact that mass shootings have grown regular in the US.
In a statement made public on Wednesday, the gunman’s family claimed they had been “actively addressing” the mental health concerns he had before going on the rampage.
The family claimed that there were “never any warning signs or indications he was capable” of carrying out a mass shooting in the statement that was made available to a Louisville television station.
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The message was placed on the station’s website after it was provided by the family’s lawyer on Tuesday night, according to Fox-affiliated WDRB. The station did not identify the lawyer, and Reuters was unable to independently confirm the claim.
At the vigil on Wednesday, Greenberg and other speakers urged the bitterly divided U.S. government to take decisive action to address the nation’s gun violence epidemic, pointing to both individual acts of violence and accidental discharges of firearms as well as mass shootings.
But first, the neighborhood wanted to express its sorrow and suffering.
“This is a time to ask each other, ‘How are you doing? What do you need?” Greenberg said.
Dr. Muhammad Babar pleaded with listeners and politicians to work together to address the issue of gun violence. He was a doctor at the University of Louisville hospital that treated victims, including injured police officer Nickolas Wilt.
“It does not matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, whether you live in urban spaces or rural communities, whether you own a gun or not,” he shouted in a voice choked with emotion. “Please do something.”
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