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5th Louisville shooting victim, mom of two, 57, dies after multiple surgeries

Deana Eckert Louisville, KY 5th shooting victim dies
Deana Eckert Louisville 5th shooting victim dies at hands of Connor Sturgeon.
Deana Eckert Louisville, KY 5th shooting victim dies
Deana Eckert Louisville 5th shooting victim dies at hands of Connor Sturgeon.

Deana Eckert Louisville 5th shooting victim dies at hands of Connor Sturgeon stormed One National Bank intent on causing havoc after recent firing. Four other fatalities along with 9 injuries. 

A fifth victim of the Louisville bank shooting has died in hospital, police confirmed on Monday evening, as the downtown bank, Old National Bank said there are ‘no adequate words’ to tell of their loss. 

The death of Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer at the bank and a mother of two, was confirmed on Monday evening by Louisville police. 

Eckert was associated with the bank for over six years where she worked as a retail center manager and then got promoted to the executive administrative officer. Prior to this, she was the vice president of operations and HR at Alliance Bank from 2014 to 2016, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Among the dead at the hands of 23 year old gunman, and fellow bank employee, Connor Sturgeon were: Tommy Elliott, 63, and Joshua Barrick, 40, both senior vice presidents; Jim Tutt, 64, a commercial real estate executive; and Juliana Farmer, 45, a commercial loan specialist.

Sturgeon was among the total of six killed after engaging responding police officers at the bank after ambushing fellow co-workers on the first floor at a conference room in the bank just on 8.30am, Monday morning, half an hour before the bank was suppose to open to the public.

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Pictured, Louisville, Kentucky fatal shooting victims at One Nation Bank.

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Paul Humphrey, the deputy chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department, said when they arrived on the scene, ‘they encountered the suspect almost immediately, still firing gunshots.’

Adding, ‘We believe this is a lone gunman involved in this that did have a connection to the bank,’ according to The New York TimesIt was revealed that Sturgeon worked as a summer intern for the Old National Bank for three consecutive years. Then he accepted a full-time position in June 2021 as a commercial development professional 2021 and was listed as a portfolio banker since 2022 for the same bank.

Barrick, one of Sturgeon’s colleagues and fatal victims, had a wife and two young children, along with being a senior vice president of commercial real estate arm at the bank, where he had worked since last August, according to his LinkedIn. 

Barrick was a father of two and a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic, which held a vigil for him Monday night.

Farmer – a mother and grandmother – was a loan analyst at the regional firm.

Sturgeon, according to authorities, was an employee of the bank who had been fired, or was aware that he was about to lose his job.

He used an AR-15-style rifle and wounded nine people, including two police officers.

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Pictured, Rookie Officer Nickolas Wilt with Louisville Police Department, who fights for his life along with Joshua Barrick

Community left reeling as rookie cop fights for his life

Rookie police officer Nickolas Wilt, 26, was also shot in the head and remains in critical condition. He had only been in the job 10 days.

Interim Police Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel said: ‘The next few days are important and very critical for Nickolas’s recovery.’

She said he had come out of brain surgery at University of Louisville Hospital.

Mayor Craig Greenberg said he handed Wilt his police academy graduation diploma less than two weeks ago.

‘Our city and so many from around the nation are praying for Officer Wilt’s strength and healing,’ Greenberg tweeted. ‘His heroic actions exemplify the best of law enforcement.’

The second injured officer has not been named. 

Three victims have since been discharged from hospital. 

Commenting on the tragedy, Jim Ryan, the CEO of the bank, said on the evening of April 10, ‘There are no words to adequately describe the sadness and devastation that our Old National family is experiencing as we grieve the tragic loss of our team members and pray for the recovery of all those who were injured. Obviously, this is an incredibly difficult situation, and our entire focus is on making sure that everyone affected has the support and assistance they need,’ according to the DailyMail.

Adding, ‘On behalf of everyone at Old National, I also want to acknowledge and thank Louisville law enforcement, the medical community and state and local officials for their incredible response to this tragedy. And finally, we ask you to please continue to pray for all those affected.’