In April, a 25-year-old man named Connor Sturgeon opened fire on a bank in Louisville, Kentucky, killing five people.
His motive? His anger at the country’s gun restrictions.
As well as being unhappy with his career and life’s trajectory, Sturgeon confessed in his notebook that he was dealing with mental health concerns. He intended for the massacre of white people to provoke politicians into taking action.
The murderous incident took place six days after Sturgeon bought an AR-15 weapon for $500 on April 4. In the forty-five minutes it took him, he also purchased four rifle magazines and 120 shots. Considering his history of mental health issues, Sturgeon expressed amazement at how easy it was for him to get the firearm. He continued by making fun of politicians and saying his desire for his acts to inspire them.
Since Sturgeon did not have a criminal record, he would have been able to pass the federally mandated background check and acquire a gun in Kentucky with no problems. The state’s lack of a “red flag” statute makes it difficult to prohibit the purchase and possession of firearms by individuals with a history of violent crimes. Sturgeon may have still been able to purchase the gun despite the existence of such a ban since he had not informed anybody of his mental health issues.
The Sturgeon family has announced their intention to file a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer.
Officials have announced that their probe into Sturgeon’s activities is now complete. Police fatally shot him later that day, and subsequent investigations cleared the officer of wrongdoing.
The five black workers who lost their lives were Deana Eckert, Jim Tutt Jr., Juliana Farmer, Thomas Elliott, and Joshua Barrick.
Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, was very close to Elliott.