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Tragedy at American Bank of Kentucky leaves 5 dead and 6 injured in shooting incident


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Five people were killed and six others, including a police officer, were wounded in a shooting at a bank in the US city of Louisville, Kentucky, according to a police statement released Monday.

Police wrote on Twitter that the calls came at about 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT) to an “active aggressor” at Old National Bank in Louisville, the southern state’s largest city, and that officers were on the scene within “minutes.”

“Five people have been confirmed dead inside. At least six were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, including an officer who sustained various injuries,” a police spokesman told a news conference, adding that he could not confirm the condition of the injured.

“There is no actual danger to the public at this time,” said the spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Paul L. Humphrey.

“There is no longer an active threat from the assailant. The suspected shooter has been neutralized,” the police department confirmed on Twitter, while urging residents to stay away from the area.

The incident led to a heavy police presence outside the old National Bank building.

CNN reported that some people managed to take refuge in the bank’s vault and lock themselves inside – calling the police from the inside.

Fox affiliate WDRB quoted a witness as saying she heard multiple gunshots and broken windows while she was in her car at an intersection near the site of the shooting.

“Shooting went off right above my head,” said the woman, who gave her name only as Debbie. “When I turned around, I saw that one of the bank’s windows had been broken,” she added.

Andy Beshear tweeted that he was heading to the scene, adding, “Please pray for all of the affected families and for the city of Louisville.”

The United States, a country of about 330 million people, is awash with nearly 400 million guns, and deadly mass shootings happen on a regular basis.

Efforts to tighten gun controls have for years faced opposition from Republicans, staunch defenders of America’s constitutional right to bear arms. Political paralysis persists, despite outrage over repeated shootings.

In the latest example of the impasse, two Tennessee representatives were ejected from the state legislature last week after staging a protest on the grounds demanding stricter gun control, in the wake of the Nashville elementary school shooting.

Monday’s mass shooting in Louisville was the 146th of the year according to data from the Gun Violence Archives — defined as incidents in which four or more people died or were killed, excluding the attacker.

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