April 11, 2023 - The latest on the Louisville bank shooting

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes, Tori B. Powell, Maureen Chowdhury and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 2:57 p.m. ET, April 12, 2023
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7:11 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Here's what to know about the police body camera video in the Louisville bank shooting

From CNN staff

The Louisville Metro Police Department released several minutes of officer body camera footage showing the tense moments between police officers and the gunman outside the Monday bank shooting.

Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey walked through several clips of the incident Tuesday evening. Police said it took about three minutes for the nearest responding officers to arrive.

Here's what to know:

  • Officer Cory "CJ" Galloway: The gunman in Monday's shooting appeared to be waiting for police officers to arrive, Humphrey said. He said the shooter went to the bank's front lobby "after assaulting the victims in the office area." Footage from Galloway's body camera shows police talking about how they can’t see the shooter and that he is shooting through windows. “Shooter has an angle on that officer!” one officer can be heard saying. “We got to get up there!” he adds. Galloway was Wilt's training officer, according to Humphrey.
  • Officer Nickolas Wilt: The newly sworn-in officer was shown in body camera footage going back into the line of fire to protect other people, Humphrey said. He said since he was new, he was acting based on "his training and his character" and that he "never hesitates." Wilt was shot in the head and is still in critical condition at the hospital, officials said.
  • What happened next: While police attempted to rescue Wilt after he was shot, Galloway's body camera shows the suspect shooting at them "trying to kill them in their process of trying to save Officer Wilt,” Humphrey said. The gunfire broke the bank windows, allowing Galloway to find a vantage point to see where the gunman was located, Humphrey said. This is when Galloway kills the shooter, the deputy chief said. Galloway suffered a minor gunshot wound.
  • Bystander video: Another video showed a recording taken by someone in a building across the street. You can see an officer outside the bank.
  • Before police arrived: In addition to the surveillance footage, CNN reported that the shooter, identified as a 25-year-old bank employee, live-streamed the attack on Instagram. The video has been taken down. A city official described the footage to CNN, saying the shooter fired his AR-15-style weapon inside the bank for about a minute and then appeared to wait a minute and a half before police arrived.
6:35 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Louisville mayor says he is talking to state lawmakers about how to address gun violence

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg speaks at a press conference on April 11, 2023 at Metro Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg speaks at a press conference on April 11, 2023 at Metro Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. (Michael Swensen/Getty Images)

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg said he is already talking with state lawmakers from both parties about gun reform, one day after a mass shooting at a bank killed five people in his city.

Greenberg, who knew one person that was killed, told CNN the victims "should not be dead," as in the case of other people killed by gun violence. While there is a spirit of coming together, he said, “I'm also hopeful we are taking action.”

“We have had enough gun violence in Louisville. We have had enough gun violence in our country and it’s time to take action,” he said, pledging to work with other elected officials and community leaders.

Greenberg wants either statewide action in Kentucky or a change to state laws that would allow him to pass reforms in just his city.

While he has had preliminary conversations with lawmakers at the state capital on both sides of the aisle, he said more meetings are expected to happen in the coming days to “talk about what we can do together”

“This is not about finger-pointing. This isn’t about blame. This isn’t about politics. This is about life and death. And so right now I’m optimistic and hopeful that we can come together to make progress,” Greenberg said.

Police released several minutes of officer body camera video Tuesday evening.

And Greenberg said two things stood out to him about the footage — first is the bravery of the officers who ran into the building, and the second was the tragedy of watching the events unfold.

“Our city is heartbroken” for those killed, the mayor said when asked how the community is reacting.

6:23 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Victim Juliana Farmer only started her job at the Louisville bank 3 weeks ago, her aunt says

From CNN's Sharif Paget

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Juliana Farmer, one of the five people killed in a Louisville bank on Monday, is being remembered by her family as someone who loved life.

“Her siblings, they lost a sister. Her children lost a mother. Their children lost a grandmother,” Farmer's aunt, Vicki Brooks-Scott told CNN affiliate WAVE. “I lost a niece.” 

Farmer, an employee at the bank, had only recently moved to Louisville from Henderson, Brooks-Scott said. “This was her third week on the job," she said. 

“She loved life. She was a beautiful young lady,” Brooks-Scott said. “All I can say is that heaven has gained a beautiful angel.”

Farmer, 45, leaves behind three children and four grandchildren, Brooks-Scott said. A fifth grandchild is expected to arrive in September, she added.

“I’m hoping that this baby will be born on September 20th because that was her birthday,” she said.

6:15 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Louisville deputy chief describes police actions leading to gunman's death

From CNN’s Julian Cummings and Liam Reilly 

Body camera footage from LMPD Officer Cory "C.J." Galloway. A portion of this video has been blurred by the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Body camera footage from LMPD Officer Cory "C.J." Galloway. A portion of this video has been blurred by the Louisville Metro Police Department. (Louisville Metro Police Department)

Editor's note: This post contains graphic descriptions of violence.

LMPD Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey detailed the tense moments when police attempted to rescue Officer Nickolas Wilt, who was shot in the head as police rushed to the scene of the shooting early Monday.

“As they go up the stairs and attempt to rescue Officer Wilt, the suspect fires at them, trying to kill them in their process of trying to save Officer Wilt,” Humphrey said, describing bodycam video footage released Tuesday from Officer Cory "C.J." Galloway.

Wilt, a 26-year-old rookie officer, is in critical condition at a local hospital. He graduated from the police academy just 11 days ago.

The gunfire broke the bank windows, allowing Galloway to find a vantage point to see where the gunman was located, Humphrey said. “Once he is able to see the threat, he then engages the threat, shoots and kills the suspect."

Galloway suffered a minor gunshot wound.

5:39 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Quick medical attention by police officers in the minutes after shooting saved lives, deputy chief says

Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey of the Louisville Metro Police Department speaks during today's news briefing.
Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey of the Louisville Metro Police Department speaks during today's news briefing. (WLKY)

When the shooting was over, officers and teams from other agencies reentered the bank with supplies and started providing medical treatment right away, Louisville Metro Police Department Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey said.

After talking to medical staff, Humphrey said it is "100% certainty" that those swift actions saved lives.

“The actions that they took to follow up after being shot at themselves, to be compassionate and provide medical treatment, absolutely saved lives that day," Humphrey said.

He said EMS need to ride in the back of the ambulance with the patients, but they were short-staffed, so police officers offered to drive so the EMS workers could treat a victim on the way to the hospital.

"That's what we do," he said. "We improvise and we make sure that we do everything we can to keep people safe and take care of them."
5:39 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Gunman appeared to be waiting for police after attack, deputy police chief says

The gunman in Monday's shooting appeared to be waiting for police officers to arrive at Old National Bank, according to Louisville Metro Police Department Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey.

At a Tuesday news conference, Humphrey said the shooter went to the bank's front lobby "after assaulting the victims in the office area."

"He could see out where no one could see in," Humphrey said.
6:04 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Police body camera footage shows officers engaging with bank shooter

From CNN's Rob Frehse

Body camera footage from LMPD Officer Nickolas Wilt shows Officer Cory "C.J." Galloway heading up stairs towards the bank.
Body camera footage from LMPD Officer Nickolas Wilt shows Officer Cory "C.J." Galloway heading up stairs towards the bank. (Louisville Metro Police Department)

Editor's note: This post contains graphic descriptions of violence.

Body camera footage shows the tense moments between police officers and the gunman, Connor Sturgeon, outside the Monday bank shooting in Louisville. 

Footage from Officer C. Galloway's body camera shows police talking about how they can’t see the shooter and that he is shooting through windows in the bank.

“Shooter has an angle on that officer!” one officer can be heard saying. “We got to get up there!” he adds. 

“Suspect down, get the officer!” one officer yells as he moves up the stairs and into the bank to investigate further.

Officer Nickolas Wilt, 26, who ran toward the gunfire, was shot in the head during the incident, police previously announced.

He had graduated from the police academy just 10 days before the shooting, police said. He is in critical condition at the hospital, officials tell CNN.

6:42 p.m. ET, April 11, 2023

Body camera shows officer going back into the line of fire to protect people, deputy police chief says

Body camera footage shows that Officer Nickolas Wilt went back into the line of fire to protect people, Louisville Metro Police Department Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey said during a news conference Tuesday.

Humphrey emphasized the role and mission of police is to protect lives and constitutional rights and that's what officers did during the deadly shooting at a Louisville bank Monday.

Humphrey commended Wilt's bravery. Wilt was shot in the head when police confronted the gunman at the bank.

"Officer Wilt was a brand new officer, he had no experience. He was going based on two things: his training and his character. And you will see that he never hesitates — even after getting shot at — this young man went back in to the line of fire in order to protect others, and you're going to see that and how he made his decisions and how they ultimately protected other people's lives," Humphrey said.