Bank Shooter's Parents Can't Make Sense of It

'We wish we could undo it, but we know we can’t,' says mother of Connor Sturgeon
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2023 12:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 27, 2023 12:49 PM CDT

Connor Sturgeon was suffering from mental health issues, but that fails to explain why he bought an AR-15-style rifle, then opened fire on fellow employees of Louisville's Old National Bank on April 10. "I'm afraid that whatever we come up with as the cause still isn't going to make sense," father Todd Sturgeon tells Today. Mother Lisa Sturgeon says her son began experiencing anxiety and panic attacks a year ago but seemed to be improving with counseling and medication. On April 4, however—around the same time he purchased the gun—the 25-year-old called and "said, 'I had a panic attack yesterday and … I had to leave work,'" she recalls.

Alongside his parents, he met with a psychiatrist two days later and appeared to be "coming out of the crisis," his mother says. "There was no clear tell" about what was to come. "We are so sorry, we are heartbroken," she says. "We wish we could undo it, but we know we can’t." On the day of the shooting, Lisa Sturgeon called 911 to report that her son had a gun and was on his way to the bank, frantically telling dispatchers her son "never hurt anyone" before. Connor Sturgeon reportedly left a note saying he wanted to make a point of how easy it was for someone with serious mental health issues to obtain assault-style weapons. This file has been updated with more details from the interview. (More Louisville stories.)

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