The 25-year-old man who murdered five coworkers and shot eight others earlier this month at the Louisville bank where he worked reportedly left behind a manifesto detailing an anti-gun motive for the attack.
The killer, who The Daily Wire is not naming due to company policy about not giving notoriety to mass killers, made three main points in the document, which is in the hands of law enforcement, according to the Daily Mail.
He wanted to prove how easy it was to purchase a firearm, to highlight the mental health crisis in the U.S., and to commit suicide.
The report said that he had worked at the bank since 2021, but that executives lost confidence in him because he failed to fit in. He was fired just days before he went on the rampage.
The Louisville Metro Police Department also revealed the identities of the five victims who died in the shooting: Joshua Barrick, 40; Thomas Elliott, 63; Juliana Farmer, 45; James Tutt, 64; and Deana Eckert, 57.
One of those who was seriously injured in the shooting was Officer Nickolas Wilt, whose heroic actions brought the tragedy to an end. He had just graduated the police academy and was on only his fourth shift when he responded to the shooting.
Police said Wilt “ran towards the gunfire today to save lives” and, after reportedly receiving surgery, “remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.”
“Our city and so many from around the nation are praying for Officer Wilt’s strength and healing. His heroic actions exemplify the best of law enforcement,” tweeted Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg.
The killer’s mother called police to warn them that he was headed to the bank with a gun. The woman said she learned about what her son was up to secondhand from her son’s roommate, and noted that he was an employee at the bank. However, her call to police came after the attack had already started.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free hotline for individuals in crisis or distress or for those looking to help someone else. It is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.