Six dead after shooting attack at downtown bank in Louisville, Kentucky
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A US bank employee who committed a mass shooting at his workplace, which killed five people, also live-streamed the attack online.
Police identified the gunman as 23-year-old Connor Sturgeon, who attacked the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, at around 8:30am (local time) on Monday.
Sturgeon was fatally shot at the scene, the city's police department said, but it was unclear whether he was killed by police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.
The gunman had joined the downtown branch of the Old National Bank as a full-time employee last year.
He was armed with a rifle, police chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel told reporters, and was live-streaming to social media during the shooting.
The weapon was an "AR-15-style" semiautomatic rifle, CNN reported, citing an unnamed federal law enforcement official.
"We will come together as a community to work to prevent these horrific acts of gun violence from continuing here and around the state," Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg said.
Police identified the dead victims as Joshua Barrick, 40, Deana Eckert, 57, Thomas Elliot, 63, Juliana Farmer, 45, and James Tutt, 64.
Kentucky governor Andy Beshear, on the verge of tears, said he knew some of the victims, including Mr Elliot, a senior vice-president at the bank.
"He taught me how to help build my law career, he helped me become governor, he gave me advice on being a good dad," Mr Beshear said. "One of the people I talked to most in the world."
The nine people injured in the attack were treated at the University of Louisville hospital, including two police officers.
One of the officers, a 26-year-old recent graduate of the police academy, was struck in the head and remains in a critical condition after brain surgery. Two other victims are also in critical condition.
The shooter worked at the bank as an intern for three summers from 2018 to 2020, before becoming a full-time employee in 2022 as a "portfolio banker", according to a LinkedIn profile page. He had no prior contact with Louisville police, the police chief said.
However, the status of the shooter's job at the bank was not immediately clear. CNN, citing confidential law enforcement sources, said he had been notified that he would be fired.
"This was a targeted act of evil violence," Mr Greenberg told reporters at the briefing. Mr Greenberg said he was also friends with Mr Elliot, who had worked on the mayoral transition campaign.
Mass shootings are endemic in the United States.
So far this year, the nation has experienced 146 mass shootings — using the definition of four or more shot or killed, not including the shooter — according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit group.
In response to the Louisville attack, US President Joe Biden repeated his wish for Congress to pass legislation that required safe storage of firearms, background checks for all gun sales, and elimination of gun manufacturers' immunity from liability.
"How many more Americans must die before Republicans in Congress will act to protect our communities?" Mr Biden said in the statement.
In one of the most recent high-profile incidents, three 9-year-old students and three staff members were killed by a former student at a school in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27.
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