The active shooting that occurred Monday morning in downtown Louisville close to Slugger Field resulted in five fatalities, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Everyone was warned to stay away from the 300 block of East Main Street, particularly at Old National Bank, by LMPD and Louisville Metro Mayor Craig Greenberg.
According to MetroSafe dispatchers, Old National Bank received calls at about 8:30 a.m. regarding reports of an active shooter in the neighborhood. A little while later, the call was changed to an active aggressor report.
Officers responded to the site alongside Louisville Fire and EMS where active gunfire was being fired, according to LMPD Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey.
Police announced at about 10:15 a.m. that “the suspected shooter has been neutralized” and that there is no longer an active aggressor danger.
According to Humphrey, after officers and the suspect exchanged gunfire, the suspect passed away at the site.
LMPD confirmed the identity of the suspect as Connor Sturgeon, 25, on Monday afternoon. Old National Bank hired Sturgeon, according to LMPD Acting Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel.
Unknown factors may have contributed to the shooter’s demise.
Police stated that Sturgeon was live streaming the shooting on Monday and that he used a firearm throughout the incident.
Authorities first reported four fatalities, and University Hospital later reported nine victims were hospitalized as a result of the shooting on Monday. It has been established that three of the injured individuals are LMPD officers.
LMPD Confirms Death of Fifth Victim in Downtown Louisville Shooting; Eight Injured
The death of a fifth victim was confirmed by LMPD on Monday night.
The five victims are Tommy Elliott, age 63; Jim Tutt, age 64; Josh Barrick, age 40; Juliana Farmer, age 45; and Deana Eckert, age 57.
Gwinn-Villaroel provided an update on Monday afternoon, noting that three victims are in critical condition, three are in non-serious condition, and three have been released from the hospital.
Five of the eight victims, according to UofL Health, are being treated for gunshot wounds.
Representative Morgan McGarvey spoke on the shooting.
Today is a dark day in our community.
I'm heartbroken by the loss of at least four innocent Louisvillians in yet another act of senseless gun violence, this time in the heart of our city, and I'm grateful for the heroic acts of first responders who no doubt saved lives today. pic.twitter.com/tv3kGDofr4
— Rep. Morgan McGarvey (@RepMcGarvey) April 10, 2023
The two officers that engaged the man in gunfire traded wounds, according to Villaroel. One received a slight elbow injury, while the other received a graze to the left side.
Officer Nickolas Wilt, 26, just completed the LMPD Police Academy on March 31 and is currently classified in critical condition.
Wilt suffered a head injury during the incident and just had brain surgery. Gwinn-Villaroel reports that his status is critical yet stable.
“I’ve been down there with the family and given my love and support,” Gwinn-Villaroel said. “I’ve been with all the families today to show our love and support for them. If there’s anything else they need from LMPD, we would be happy to provide that.”
Following the shooting, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave an update in Louisville, stating that one of his close friends had died and two other friends were hospitalized.
“When we talk about praying, I hope people will,” Beshear said. “For those that we are hoping can make it through the surgeries that they are going through and we got to do what we have done these last three years after everything, we got to wrap our arms around these families. And everybody who needs it, don’t be afraid to get some help.”
The scene is being investigated by Louisville Metro police officers and FBI Louisville special agents, who will remain there all day.
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