- Sturgeon went on a killing spree at Old National Bank on April 10
- A manifesto left behind reveals he blamed ‘those in power’ and the NRA for allowing the easy sale of guns
- The 25-year-old from Kentucky was suffering from depression and described himself as ‘very sick’ and ‘maybe a psycho’
A Louisville mass shooter who killed five co-workers and injured eight others during a rampage at a bank claimed he was motivated by lax gun laws and wanted to spur politicians into action, a new police report has revealed.
Connor Sturgeon, 25, bought an AR-15 and stormed the Old National Bank where he used to work on April 10, 2023. The fatalities were Thomas Elliott, 63, a close friend of the governor, and four other bank employees, Joshua Barrick, 40, Juliana Farmer, 45, Deana Eckert, 57, and James Tutt, 64.
In his personal writings revealed in the new police report, the shooter said: ‘I have decided to make an impact. These people did not deserve to die, but because I was depressed and able to buy [guns], they are gone,’ Sturgeon wrote just six days before opening fire.
He added: ‘Perhaps this is the impact for change — upper class white people dying. I certainly would not have been able to do this were it more difficult to get a gun.
‘I know our politicians are solely focused on lining their own pockets, but maybe this will knock some sense into them. If not, good luck’.
Connor Sturgeon, 25, who killed five people and wounded eight others, during a rampage at an Old National Bank on April 10 said that he went on the killing spree in protest over lax gun laws
Sturgeon, pictured the day after he purchased an AR-15, said he wanted to spur politicians into tightening up gun laws
His journal entries were revealed as part of a police report into the horrific attack – during which Sturgeon was shot dead by cops.
A receipt obtained by the police indicates that the shooter purchased an AR-15 for $499.99 on April 4.
On the same day, he wrote of his ‘goals’ to ‘impact change – guns laws’ according to the report.
‘Oh my god this is so easy,’ he wrote the day before the shooting. ‘Seriously I knew I knew it would be doable but this is ridiculous. Walked in and bought a gun, 4 mags, and 120 rounds for $700. Got some glasses and earplugs.
‘It is legitimately unfathomable how easy this all was. … There is nothing anyone could have done.’
Sturgeon also described a long term battle with depression and said he ‘may be a psycho’ and is ‘definitely very sick’.
‘I am just tired of fighting,’ he added. ‘I was never going to reach anywhere near my full potential.’ He also raged against ‘those in power’.
‘Dems get rich by doing nothing in the name of civility while they allow repubs to do whatever they want to whoever they want,’ he said. ‘A level of corruption that stands directly between us and progress.
‘But lets not forget the most important player here. The one who made this all possible. Lets give it up for the NRA […] I couldn’t have done this without all your lobbying dollars.’
Sturgeon was shot dead by police following the early morning rampage, in which he killed five senior bank executives
Connor Sturgeon (far right) is pictured with his parents Todd and Linda, and his younger brother Cameron, a professional model. He sent his family an ‘I love you’ text just minutes before the shooting
A post on social media also provides a chilling insight into Sturgeon’s mindset leading up to the killings.
The last known photo of him was a selfie of him smirking in a mirror taken the day after he purchased his rifle. Detectives linked the image to the ‘Joker Face’ trend on social media.
On the day of the shooting, Sturgeon posted Instagram stories with phrases including ‘They won’t listen to words or protests, let’s see if they hear this’ and ‘I know what I have to do I just don’t know if I have the strength to do it’ before live streaming the horror, according to the report.
Sturgeon himself was later ‘neutralized’ by police after they arrived on the scene, but not before he managed to shoot a police officer in the head.
Rookie cop Nickolas Wilt, 26, had graduated from police academy just 11 days prior to being shot. He was placed on a ventilator for a month before being released from hospital.
Thomas Elliott, 63, one of Governor Andy Beshear’s ‘closest’ friends, in the mass shooting at Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. Also killed was James ‘Jim’ Tutt, 64, a marketing executive at the bank
Joshua Barrick, 40, a vice president of commercial real estate at the bank, was also killed by the lone gunman, as was Juliana Farmer, 45
Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer at the bank, was also killed in the shooting
Surviving victims and family members are pursuing legal action against Radical Firearms, the Texas company that produced Sturgeon’s rifle, the Washington Post reports.
‘Our legal team will promptly review this report in detail as we move forward preparing for civil litigation in this matter,’ attorneys from Thomas Law Offices and Romanucci and Blandin told the outlet.
‘Most importantly, our hearts are with our clients this week as they process this painful report, while many of them have an empty seat at their Thanksgiving table or they reflect on the deep trauma they have experienced this year.’
The mass shooting was America’s 146th in 2023 and came just weeks after a school shooting in Nashville, just a three hour drive from Louisville.
Moments before he opened fire, Sturgeon texted his family telling them he loved them.
Joe Biden later blamed Republicans for failing to crackdown on the epidemic of gun violence.
‘How many more Americans must die before Republicans in Congress will act to protect our communities?’ The President said.
‘It’s long past time that we require safe storage of firearms. Require background checks for all gun sales. Eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. We can and must do these things now.’
Officer Nickolas Wilt was 11 days out from graduating police academy when he was shot in the head during the rampage.
Kentucky does not have ‘red flag’ laws which prevent the sale of weapons to those considered potentially dangerous.
However, the shooter did not have a criminal history so passed the federal checks required with ease.
Friends of Sturgeon described their surprise that the ‘smart, popular’ former star athlete was behind the killing spree.
They suggested that a series of concussions sustained during sport could have altered his mindset.