The former employee who killed five people at the bank where he had worked on Monday was living in a one-story house with his close friend, who says he did not know his roommate was planning an attack, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Shooter Connor Sturgeon’s roommate Dallas Whalen, 24, has been cooperating fully with the police investigation, his lawyer told DailyMail.com.
‘It was as unknown and surprising to Dallas as everybody,’ the lawyer said.
The lawyer said that just minutes before he opened fire, Sturgeon sent his family a simple ‘I love you’ text message.
Whalen has kept a low profile since the shooting. His father went to the home Monday night to retrieve some of his son’s belongings and also to help a young woman, who is believed to have been staying there.
Connor Sturgeon’s roommate Dallas Whalen, 24, (right) has been cooperating fully with the police investigation, his lawyer told DailyMail.com
The pair lived in this modest two-bedroom home for about a year before Monday’s shooting that left Sturgeon and five victims dead. An officer is seen at the home
Connor Sturgeon (far right) is pictured with his parents Todd and Linda, and his younger brother Cameron, a professional model. He sent his family and ‘I love you’ text just minutes before the shooting
Authorities tell DailyMail.com that the murder weapon was ‘legally purchased from an arms dealer in Louisville on April 4.’
Whalen was unaware of the purchase and did not have any advanced knowledge or information about Connor’s plan or intentions, his lawyer, who is also representing the Sturgeon family, added.
Whalen’s lawyer said he’s working with the Sturgeon family and through them is offering Whalen counsel as well.
‘The family is still working with law enforcement,’ the lawyer said. ‘They don’t know much.
‘We were told by police that there are letters and things. We do not have them. We have not seen them, so we’re still trying to put that together too.’
His lawyer said that Whalen does not wish to make a formal statement at this time.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com that Sturgeon and his friend had been living in the modest two-bedroom house for about a year and described the shooter as quiet but friendly.
The neighbor said Sturgeon and Whalen were always polite and would invite her family over to their home when his friends would gather in the backyard, sometimes playing beer pong.