Connor Sturgeon: Louisville bank shooter penned 13-page manifesto outlining 3 motives for shooting
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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Connor Sturgeon, the Old National Bank shooter, left a chilling 13-page memento before he open fire at a bank and killed five people. It describes his motive behind the massacre, which he live-streamed while shooting down his co-workers. His manifesto, which is under the authorities' custody, highlights three major points, “He wanted to kill himself, he wanted to prove how easy it was to buy a gun in Kentucky and he wanted to highlight a mental health crisis in America.”
No law in Kentucky restricts the buying of a gun if the buyer has mental health disorders, domestic abuse-related restraining orders, violent misdemeanor convictions, or anyone with substance abuse disorders. To make it worse, as per another Kentucky law, the firearm used will be auctioned to the public by state police, putting it back in circulation. Sturgeon legally purchased an AR-15 assault rifle on April 4, almost a week before entering the bank at 8.33 am, on April 10. His family issued a statement on the development, “The Sturgeon family was aghast to learn Kentucky law mandated the assault rifle used in the horrific event last week be sold to the highest bidder at public auction.”
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'Ensure the assault rifle is legally destroyed'
It further read, “The family, in conjunction with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), is working vigorously to ensure the assault rifle is legally destroyed and the first step in this process occurred on Monday when ATF took possession of the assault rifle. We genuinely appreciate the assistance of both LMPD and ATF in this regard.” The victims were identified as Juliana Farmer, 57, Tommy Elliott, 63, Joshua Barrick, 40, James Tutt, 64, and mother-of-two Deana Eckert, 57, according to the Daily Mail.
'His temperament is pretty low-key'
Rebecca Buchheit-Sims, who was one of the survivors told, “I'm just in shock and was in disbelief as I watched it unravel. It happened very quickly.” She further said to CNN, Sturgeon was "just kind of a monotone personality. His temperament is pretty low-key. I've never seen the kid get angry or upset about anything in public. He was pretty much just relaxed." Buchheit-Sims, who never personally worked with the shooter said she was unaware of any threats or issues, but mentioned that Sturgeon was ‘extremely intelligent.’