Louisville gunman Connor Sturgeon’s manifesto behind deadly bank shooting found
US bank shooter Connor Sturgeon reportedly left a disturbing manifesto outlining three key reasons for his violent rampage that left five co-workers dead.
The 25-year-old commercial developer allegedly wrote a 13-page missive that detailed his motives for gunning down his colleagues during their morning conference at the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky last week.
Sturgeon reportedly hoped to showcase how easy it was to buy a gun in Kentucky and wanted to highlight the mental health crisis in America, New York Post reports.
Sturgeon’s manifesto is now reportedly in the hands of the Lousiville Police Department.
However the department would not confirm or deny any details of the alleged missive.
Sturgeon captured his massacre on an Instagram livestream, according to the Daily Mail. Using an AR-15 assault rifle, he killed Tommy Elliott, 63, a senior vice president; Jim Tutt, 64, a market executive; Joshua Barrick, 40, another senior vice president; Juliana Farmer, 45, a commercial loan specialist; and Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer.
Police officer Nickolas Wilt, 26, was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery for a brain injury after the shooting.
Fellow officer Cory Galloway was grazed in the shoulder in the shootout which saw Connor Sturgeon killed by police.
The bank worker legally purchased his weapon from a local gun dealership just six days before the shooting.
That gun is now slated to be auctioned off thanks to a Kentucky state law which allows guns seized by the police to go to auction, including those used in violent crimes.
Sturgeon’s family has also spoken about his “mental health challenges,” though did not specify what illnesses he was battling.
Specialists are now testing his brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), or brain deterioration caused by repeated head trauma after it was revealed he suffered numerous sports-related concussions.
A neighbour of Sturgeon’s claimed to The Post that the manifesto was found by Sturgeon’s roommate Dallas Whelan – the same friend who Sturgeon left a voicemail for saying he felt “suicidal” and planned to “kill everyone at the bank”.
“He seemed like he was tripping, like he couldn’t believe any of this,” Michael McCoy, 45, said of Whelan, who reported it to police.
“He said something about my neighbour and a manifesto. They called and reported it to the cops.
“I was over here up on the porch sweeping and there were detectives and him talking, and something about a manifesto and something about a letter he left … He specifically said a manifesto.”
A motive for the mass shooting has not yet been revealed, but Sturgeon had been told he was going to be fired from the bank shortly before the massacre.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and has been reproduced with permission
Originally published as US shooter’s ‘manifesto’ revealed after five people killed in bank massacre