At least four people were killed in a shooting at Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday. The incident occurred less than 500 feet from Against the Grain, a brewery on the same street. Jason Smith, the operations manager at the brewery, said he saw first responders arriving at the scene while on his way to work. He also said the brewery has opened its doors to first responders, the mayor’s and governor’s teams, and some of the employees from the bank who have come seeking support. Smith said the incident has hit “close to home” since the brewery and bank are neighbors.
The shooting is still under investigation and there is no information on the motive of the shooter. However, President Trump tweeted that the FBI is assisting with the investigation. Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, also tweeted that he was “heartbroken” by the shooting and urged people to “take care of each other” during this time.
This incident is the latest in a series of shootings that have taken place across the United States this year, such as the Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas shootings in August. Following the El Paso shooting, Walmart announced that it would end sales of certain types of ammunition and stop allowing customers to openly carry firearms in its stores. Other retailers such as Kroger and Walgreens have followed suit. Despite these measures, the debate around gun control continues in the US, as the number of mass shootings in the country continues to rise.
The shooting at Old National Bank will likely add to the calls for stricter gun control, as well as increased security measures in public spaces. In the meantime, businesses like Against the Grain are offering support to those impacted by the shooting and trying to help their community heal.