Louisville shooter Connor Sturgeon’s mother made a frantic phone call to 911, telling the operator that her son ‘currently has a gun and is heading toward’ the bank where he killed five people. Authorities released the calls on Wednesday. 

Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, 25, used an AR-15 assault-style rifle in the attack Monday at Old National Bank, where he livestreamed the massacre before police fatally shot him. 

Eight other people were injured, including a police officer who was shot in the head and remains hospitalized in a critical condition. 

In the call made by a woman who identified herself as Sturgeon’s mother, Lisa, she told the operator: ‘He’s never hurt anyone; he’s a really good kid. Please don’t punish him… He’s non violent; he’s never done anything wrong.’ 

But by the time she made the call, a number of people at the scene had already rang police to alert them to the shooting, which by that point was underway.

Connor Sturgeon pictured right with his father, Todd, mother, Lisa, and his younger brother Cameron

Connor Sturgeon pictured right with his father, Todd, mother, Lisa, and his younger brother Cameron

The Louisville shooter (seen here on his prom night) killed five people and injured at least seven during the bank shooting

The Louisville shooter (seen here on his prom night) killed five people and injured at least seven during the bank shooting 

Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, 25, used an AR-15 assault-style rifle in the attack Monday at Old National Bank, where he killed five coworkers while livestreaming before police fatally shot him

Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, 25, used an AR-15 assault-style rifle in the attack Monday at Old National Bank, where he killed five coworkers while livestreaming before police fatally shot him 

Lisa was told by the operator that they had received multiple 911 calls. ‘So he’s already there?’ Sturgeon’s mother asked, adding: ‘I’m sorry, I’m trying to get to my car… I’m shaking.’ 

The operator then advised that she stay away from the scene of the shooting. 

‘We have a situation that is going on down there right now, we’ve already had calls from other people and I do not need you to go to the location at this time OK, it’s dangerous there.’

Lisa made the call at 8.41am, at the very same moment that police arrived at the scene to confront her son as he wielded the AR-15 rifle.

During the call, Lisa informed the operator that her son’s roommate, Dallas Whalen, had found a note from him and called her. 

She also speculated that her son may have gotten his gun from his girlfriend. ‘I don’t know where he would have gotten a gun. He must’ve gotten it from his girlfriend or something.’ 

Later, she said: ‘I think maybe his girlfriend may have had a gun. I don’t know, maybe he saw them.’ 

Authorities believe Sturgeon bought the gun around a week before the massacre. 

Police have released other 911 tapes from the shooting, keeping callers anonymous.

The first message that came in was from a woman who was on a video call with the bank from another branch. 

She screamed and cried throughout the four-minute call and said there was an active shooter at the downtown branch of the bank.

‘I just watched it on a Teams meeting,’ she said. ‘We were having a board meeting. With our commercial (lending) team.

Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, 25, used an AR-15 assault-style rifle in the attack Monday at Old National Bank, where he livestreamed the massacre before police fatally shot him.

Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, 25, used an AR-15 assault-style rifle in the attack Monday at Old National Bank, where he livestreamed the massacre before police fatally shot him.

‘I saw somebody on the floor. We heard multiple shots and everybody started saying, “Oh my God” and then he came into the board room.’

After the first call, others began streaming in. One of the callers said she was calling from within the building as numerous gunshots were heard in the background.

‘I’m in a closet hiding,’ the caller said. She added that people had been shot and gave a description of the shooting, saying she knew the shooter. ‘He works with us.

‘How long will it be before they get here?’ she whispered and the dispatcher told her that authorities were on the way and advised her to keep quiet.

Asked what kind of injuries there were, the caller replied: ‘I don’t know. I just saw a lot of blood.’

A witness who fled the bank and headed for a nearby dentist’s office told a 911 operator: ‘I just saw a shotgun as he was coming around the corner. People have been shot. Please get people there fast, please… and ambulances, please.’ 

While another said: ‘We have an active shooter in our building… Get here now! We need somebody now!’ 

Another call came from a man inside the bank, who told dispatchers the address and said: ‘We have an active shooting in our building. White male. He’s an employee of Old National Bank. Get here now. We need somebody now.’

Another call came from a motorist driving down Main Street, who reported seeing a man with an assault rifle and a bulletproof vest walking around.

‘How long ago was it that you saw this?’ the dispatcher asked.

The caller said it was about five minutes prior and asked: ‘Has anybody else reported this? Like, I hope to God I’m seeing things.’

The dispatcher then described what others reported the suspect was wearing and the caller confirmed it.

‘Did you see him shooting or anything?’ the dispatcher asked.

‘No ma’am. He was like kind of like jogging around like he was like trying to get somewhere in a hurry,’ the caller said, but wasn’t able to give the direction the shooter was headed.

Wednesday’s release included a half-hour of emergency responder radio traffic. 

‘Transparency is important, even more so in times of crisis. Today, we are releasing the 911 calls from Monday’s mass shooting. 

‘Parts of the audio have been redacted to protect the privacy of those involved,’ Mayor Craig Greenberg said Wednesday. 

It was earlier reported that Sturgeon had been ‘neutralized’ around three minutes after officers arrived at the bank. 

On the 911 calls emergency responders could be heard assessing the situation, sharing bits of information, such as the locations of possible victims. Those officers were also told to bring witnesses to the nearby Slugger baseball stadium. 

Flowers and a message of hope sit on the steps of the Old National Bank in Louisville

Flowers and a message of hope sit on the steps of the Old National Bank in Louisville

The release came hours before an interfaith vigil was planned at the Muhammad Ali Center to remember victims and allow the public to offer prayers for the injured.

‘This is a very tough time for our city, and we were not meant to go through tough times alone,’ Mayor Greenberg said in a statement.

On Tuesday, police released body camera video that showed the chaotic moments when officers arrived at the bank as the shooter, whom they couldn’t see, rained bullets down on them.

Louisville Metro Police Department Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey walked reporters through edited footage and still photos at a news conference and praised the responding officers for their heroism.

Sturgeon’s parents said in a statement that their son had mental health challenges that were being addressed, but ‘there were never any warning signs or indications he was capable of this shocking act.’

They said they are mourning for the victims and the loss of their son, and working with police to understand what happened.

The shooting, the 15th mass killing in the country this year, comes just two weeks after a former student killed three children and three adults at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Louisville.

The five bank employees killed in the shooting were Joshua Barrick, 40, a senior vice president; Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer; Tommy Elliott, 63, also a senior vice president; Juliana Farmer, 45, a loan analyst; and Jim Tutt Jr., 64, a commercial real estate market executive.

Wednesday´s vigil was scheduled to start at 5pm local time.

‘If you wish, we’re asking folks to gather together to share our strength, pray for those still fighting for their lives after Monday’s shooting, remember all those touched by gun violence across our entire city and, together, begin working toward a safer future where we are truly preventing gun violence instead of constantly reacting to it,’ Greenberg, the mayor, said in his statement.



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