The suspect in Massacre at a Louisville bank early Monday morning. The 23-year-old former varsity hoops star and finance graduate is said to be live-streaming the horrific attack as a banker.
Louisville Police Chief Jacqueline Gwynn-Villaroel identified the suspect as Connor Sturgeon, who worked at the Old National Bank’s downtown Louisville branch.
According to Gwynn-Villaroel, Sturgeon opened fire at 8:38 a.m. in the Old National Bank building, where the bank and various businesses are located, killing four people and wounding nine others, including three police officers. Sturgeon was killed after a shootout with officers, but it is unclear whether he was killed by police or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Four Old National Bank employees were killed: Senior Vice President Tommy Elliott, 63, Marketing Executive Jim Tutt, 64, Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Josh Barrick, 40, and Commercial Bank Representative Juliana Farmer, 57. Officer Nicholas WiltThe 26-year-old, who graduated from the academy on March 31, was in critical but stable condition after being shot in the head, Gwinn-Villaroel said.
Governor Andy Becher said Elliott was one of his closest friends. “Tommy Elliott helped me build my law career, helped me become a governor, gave me advice on how to be a good father,” he said. “[He was] One of the people I talk to the most in the world, and very rarely are we talking about my work. He was an incredible friend. “
An old friend and teammate of Sturgeon’s from Floyd Central High School in Floyd Knobs, Indiana, described Sturgeon to The Daily Beast as “Mr. Floyd Central. Sturgeon was smart, popular and a star athlete in high school in track, football and basketball, he said.
“I know everyone always talks about shooters like that, but I didn’t expect it to be him,” said the classmate, who asked not to be identified.
Sturgeon always wore a helmet during basketball games because he suffered so many concussions. The biggest thing I go back to was playing football together my freshman year of high school in eighth grade, he had a lot of concussions and he was out a lot of the year. Then he had a couple in high school,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s the reason, but I always think back to that and there were times when I wondered… But never this way. He’s the one I expect to do that.”
After graduating in 2016, Sturgeon went to the University of Alabama to “pursue that SEC frat life,” an old friend said.
Two Twitter accounts that appeared to belong to Sturgeon included photos posted on an athletics track and a basketball court. 6’5” Jr on Floyd Central Basketball team. Recently, he hosted a basketball-focused podcast with two friends and tweeted about the NBA’s 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in support of protests, as well as criticism of police brutality and then-President Donald Trump.
Citing sources, local network WAVE3 reported that Sturgeon was fired from Old National Bank last week.
Sturgeon LinkedIn In the year After completing three summer internships between 2018 and 2020, he worked as a syndication associate and portfolio banker at Old National Bank. “I am certified in the RMA Loan Decision Process, have a Masters in Finance from the University of Alabama and am a member of the Young Professional Board for Junior Success in Kentuckiana,” he wrote on his profile.
Sturgeon was once described online by his father, Todd Sturgeon, as a “finance major and NBA hoops head.” He was Floyd Central’s basketball coach until last year. and previously coached the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team for 10 seasons. They left the university in 2007 after Coach Sturgeon watched Connor at a basketball camp and thought, “Maybe he’d rather spend more time with his own kids than other people.” According to the 2007 story. Sturgeon’s brother is a professional model.
Do you have a tip? Send him to the daily beast over here
Get The Daily Beast’s biggest scandals and scandals delivered straight to your inbox. Register now.
Get informed and get unlimited access to The Daily Beast’s unparalleled reporting. Register now.