Connor Sturgeon: Louisville shooter plotted massacre inside friend Dallas Whelan's 1,000 sqft home
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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: A disgruntled former employee stormed inside Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky's downtown, on Monday, April 10, 2023, and killed five people and injured several others, including two cops. Although shooter Connor Sturgeon was on the path of beginning a new phase in his life as he had just moved into his university mate Dallas Whelan's luxurious home.
Sturgeon, who allegedly live-streamed the rampage, fatally shot Tommy Elliott, 63, and Joshua Barrick, 40, both senior vice presidents, Jim Tutt, 64, a market executive, Juliana Farmer, 45, a commercial loan specialist, and Deanna Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer. Subsequently, days before the shooting, the 25-year-old had been contemplating suicide and was on the brink of being terminated from his job. At the time, Sturgeon was living with Wheelan who had purchased just a 1,000-square-foot home for $203,000 in April 2022, where sources claim the shooter allegedly plotted the massacre.
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Who is Dallas Whelan?
Whelan, 24, and Sturgeon met at the University of Alabama where they completed their undergraduate degree. Whelan currently works as an HR Sales Consultant in Louisville, according to his LinkedIn page. As for Sturgeon, he was a former bank analyst at Old National Bank where he unleashed a hail of bullets. However, the pair's new home on Taylor Avenue seemed perfect for the two young lads starting out their careers.
Sadly, little did anyone know Sturgeon was plotting the end of his walk of life. Sturgeon was fatally shot during the brief police shootout and pronounced dead at the scene. Another friend of Sturgeon revealed how the school star athlete oddly wore a helmet while playing basketball after sustaining multiple concussions, strangely hinting at the rise of athletes sustaining concussions deemed to be an alarming condition of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, also known as "fistfighter's dementia."
Police seize Connor Sturgeon's belongings
Furthermore, Whelan's neighbor Michael McCoy, 45, spoke of the police investigation and that they found a letter from Sturgeon at his residence. “[The roommate] seemed like he was tripping, like he couldn’t believe any of this,” McCoy said. “They found a letter and a note he wrote and reported it to the police.” “I talked to him last night. He said, ‘Hey Mike.’ And I said ‘hey,’” McCoy explained, adding that he witnessed police removing computers and other items from Sturgeon’s home, reported New York Post.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home built in 1920, is in the well-established neighborhood of Taylor Avenue initially listed for $190,000 in March 2022. Wheelna grabbed the home for about $13,000 more. The backyard they shared is bigger than the actual living space, occupying over 7,000 square feet of space, reported the source.