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In a series of newly released journal entries, Connor Sturgeon, a Kentucky man who shot and killed five people inside a bank in Louisville, revealed he carried out the deadly massacre in a bid to highlight the nation’s lax gun laws, writing of his hope to push politicians into restricting access to certain firearms.

Sturgeon said that it was “SO EASY” to purchase a Radical Firearms RF-15 assault rifle, 120 rounds and four magazine cartridges from a Louisville gun store, despite the fact that he’d struggled with mental health issues in the past. All he had to do was lie, he wrote, before thanking the National Rifle Association, dubbing the organization as “the one who made all this possible.”

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“I have decided to make an impact. These people did not deserve to die, but because I was depressed and able to buy [guns], they are gone. Perhaps this is the impact for change — upper class white people dying. I certainly would not have been able to do this were it more difficult to get a gun,” Sturgeon wrote six days before he opened fire inside Old National Bank, where he worked.

“I know our politicians are solely focused on lining their own pockets, but maybe this will knock some sense into them. If not, good luck,” he added.

This image taken from surveillance video provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows bank employee Connor Sturgeon, 25, carrying an AR-15 assault-style rifle after opening fire at Old National Bank, in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 10, 2023. (Courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department via AP, File)

Sturgeon’s musings were released Tuesday as part of a 64-page police report. Authorities in Louisville also announced they’d officially closed their investigation into the deadly shooting, which unfolded on April 10. Sturgeon’s coworkers were packed inside a conference room for a board meeting when he burst in and started shooting in the minutes before the bank opened, police said.

Over the course of about 8 minutes, he fired off more than 40 rounds, according to the report. Investigators noted that it appeared he “did not have a firm understanding” of how to operate the weapon. Five bank employees were fatally struck in the chaos. They were identified as Joshua Barrick, 40, a senior vice president; Deana Eckert, 57, an executive administrative officer; Tommy Elliott, 63, also a senior vice president; Juliana Farmer, 45, a loan analyst; and Jim Tutt Jr., 64, a commercial real estate market executive, who was also a close personal friend of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

FILE - A Louisville Metro Police technician photographs bullet holes in the front glass of the Old National Bank building in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 10, 2023. Connor Sturgeon, a man who opened fire at a Louisville bank, killing five co-workers, had confronted mental health problems over the last year and the situation appeared to be managed until just days before the shooting, his mother said. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
A Louisville Metro Police technician photographs bullet holes in the front glass of the Old National Bank building in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Another eight people were wounded, including Nickolas Wilt, one of the first officers on the scene. He survived a gunshot wound to the head and was released from the hospital in late July after months of rehab.

Sturgeon was meanwhile shot by responding officers — twice in the right arm, once in the left leg and once in the head, according to the report. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The report additionally noted that investigators did not find “evidence of long-term planning,” though there were references in his journals to what he intended to do in the days before the shooting. Investigators did not find evidence he made extensive online searches related to gun violence.

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