4 Killed, 8 Injured Including Officer in Shooting Inside Downtown Louisville Bank Building

Louisville Metro Police are asking residents to stay out of the downtown area

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Editor's Note: Early reports indicated five people were killed. It was later clear that number included the attacker. Additionally, more injuries have been reported. This story has been updated to reflect this information.

At least four people were killed and eight others, including a police officer, were injured after an individual opened fire inside of a bank building in downtown Louisville near Slugger Field, the Louisville Metro Police Department said Monday morning.

The suspected lone shooter also died at the bank, Louisville Metro Police Chief Paul Humphrey told reporters at a news conference Monday morning, though it was not immediately clear if the shooter was killed by police or died by suicide.

According to officials, Louisville police just after 8:30 a.m. responded to a call of shots fired at Old National Bank at 333 E. Main Street. When officers arrived, they encountered an active shooter inside the building, Humphrey said.

Around 9:15 a.m., Louisville police posted an update saying "there is no longer an active aggressor threat," adding that the suspected shooter had been "neutralized."

Humphrey said the eight wounded victims were hospitalized at University of Louisville Hospital in varying conditions. At least one of those injured was a Louisville Metro police officer.

Further details about injuries were not immediately provided.

According to NBC News, the gunman is believed to be an employee and may have had mental health issues, according to a federal law enforcement source who has been briefed on the attack.

In a statement provided to NBC Affiliate WAVE, Old National Bank said its chief executive, Jim Ryan, was en route to Louisville.

“The safety of Old National Bank employees and everyone we serve in our banking center locations is paramount,” Ryan said in the statement. “As we await more details, we are deploying employee assistance support and keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.”

Police on Wednesday had originally referred to the incident not as a shooting but as an "active aggressor."

"We are confirming reports of an active aggressor in the 300 block of East Main," a tweet from the Louisville Metro Police Department said at 8:27 a.m. Monday. "Please stay out of the area. There are multiple casualties."

Local FBI agents also responded to the scene, and confirmed the incident as a shooting, a social media post from the agency said.

"FBI Louisville special agents have responded to the scene of this morning's shooting in downtown Louisville and are assisting our law enforcement partners," the post says.

Shortly after the shooting, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear fighting back tears at a press conference, telling reporters at least one of the dead was a friend.

"This is awful," Beshear said. "I have a very close friend who didn't make it today, and I have another close friend who didn't either, and one who is at the hospital that I hope is going to make it through."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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