Sunday, 19 May 2024

Louisville shooter's family says he suffered from 'mental health challenges'

The family of the Louisville bank shooter have issued their first statement since the deadly mass shooting.

Connor Sturgeon, a portfolio banker at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville, was identified as the man who killed five people and injured another eight in a mass shooting on Monday morning.

The parents of the 25-year-old shooter said their son suffered from ‘mental health challenges’ buy did not exhibit any ‘warning signs or indications’ before opening fire at his workplace.

‘No words can express our sorrow, anguish, and horror at the unthinkable harm our son Connor inflicted on innocent people, their families, and the entire Louisville community. We mourn their loss and that of our son, Connor,’ the statement reads.

They continue: ‘We pray for everyone traumatized by his senseless acts of violence and are deeply grateful for the bravery and heroism of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department. While Connor, like many of his contemporaries, had mental health challenges which we, as a family, were actively addressing, there were never any warning signs or indications that he was capable of this shocking act.’

The family also confirmed they are cooperating with investigators as they try to understand what caused the attack. ‘While we have many unanswered questions, we will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials and do all we can to aid everyone in understanding why and how this happened,’ they said.

Louisville Metro Police are expected to release 911 calls from the incident later on Wednesday. On Tuesday, they released police body-worn camera footage from the officers who responded to the attack.

The victims of the attack were all identified as employees at the bank, who were holding a conference room meeting before the branch opened to the public that morning.

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