Five Dead, Eight Injured in Downtown Louisville Bank Shooting

One LMPD officer is in critical condition, and Gov. Andy Beshear said he lost a close personal friend.

click to enlarge The shooting took place at Old National Bank on 333 East Main Street near Slugger Field around 8:30 a.m. - Photo: Google Street View screenshot
Photo: Google Street View screenshot
The shooting took place at Old National Bank on 333 East Main Street near Slugger Field around 8:30 a.m.

Five people are dead and eight more are injured, including two officers, after a shooter opened fire in a downtown Louisville bank on April 10, Louisville Metro Police have confirmed.

According to a public press statement from Louisville Metro Police Department’s deputy chief Paul Humphrey, police started to receive calls for an active shooter inside Old National Bank at 333 East Main Street near Slugger Field around 8:30 a.m., a half hour before the bank was scheduled to open to the public. 

Police advised people to avoid the area just before 9 a.m. on Twitter.
About 30 minutes later, LMPD confirmed in a tweet that there were “multiple casualties.”
Thirty minutes later, LMPD tweeted that the suspected shooter “[had] been neutralized.” 
Deputy chief Humphrey confirmed in the hours after the shooting that five people were dead as a result of the shooting and six were injured — that number was bumped up to 8 injured during an 11 a.m. news briefing, where Humphrey said two LMPD officers were shot while exchanging gunfire with the shooter. One of those officers is in critical condition and undergoing surgery at University of Louisville Hospital, a level 1 trauma center.

Humphrey said during the 11 a.m. briefing that police exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but that it's still not clear if the shooter was killed by police or if he killed himself. Humphrey would not confirm the identity of the shooter, but said they were either a current or former employee of the bank. Social media posts have started circulating that suggest the shooter live streamed the attack on Instagram Live.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear told reporters during the 11 a.m. briefing that he lost a close personal friend in the shooting that morning.

“This is awful. I have a very close friend who didn’t make it today,” Beshear said while holding back tears. “My AG campaign was out of that building. That's my bank.”

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg stepped up to the podium to praise the swift actions of responding LMPD officers, while also repeatedly denouncing gun violence.

“Without a doubt their actions saved lives," Greenberg said. "We will come together as a community to prevent these horrific acts of gun violence from continuing here and around the state.”

The area where the shooting happened is now considered safe but will be closed off while federal and state investigators assist with the investigation. Humphrey said investigators will be processing the scene into the night.

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