Five dead in shooting at Kentucky bank

A mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, has left five people dead and injured another eight, who are being treated in hospital. Let’s have a quick look at what we know so far:

At around 08:30 local time, an active shooter was reported to Louisville Police and officers responded in less than three minutes

The suspect died after an exchange of gunfire with police officers at Old National Bank

But it remains unclear whether the suspect was shot by police or killed himself, Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey told a news conference

One police officer is among those injured, with unconfirmed reports about a second

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg thanked all first responders, whose actions “without a doubt” saved lives

Kentucky Governor Beshear tearfully told reporters he knew one of the victims. “This is awful. I have a very close friend who didn’t make it today,” he said

Democrat Andy Beshear, has had previous plans for tighter gun control rejected.

Following the Rob Elementary School shooting in May last year, Beshear said the Republican-controlled Kentucky Legislature had not “entertained” any gun control plans.

Speaking about tightening gun laws at the time, he said: “That would have to be a conversation that legislative leadership would entertain and in recent years they have not entertained any of them.”

Jim Ryan, CEO of Old National Bank, said his focus is on those employees and officials affected by the shooting, in a statement posted to Facebook.

“The safety of Old National Bank employees and everyone we serve in our banking centre locations is paramount,” Ryan said, adding that bank executives are, “keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers”.

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