Medical update on victims of Louisville shooting, next 24 hours critical

By: - April 10, 2023 4:04 pm

First responders gathered the morning of April 10 in downtown Louisville near the scene of a mass shooting at Old National Bank near Slugger Field. (Kentucky Lantern photo by Liam Niemeyer)

LOUISVILLE — The next 24 hours will be “critical” for shooting victims who needed surgery after being injured in a Louisville mass shooting Monday, according to UofL Health’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jason Smith.

Of the nine patients sent to UofL Hospital Monday, Smith said, three were in critical condition as of around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Three have been released, he said, and three are still in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The three that are in critical condition did require operative care from our trauma team and our emergency department services,” Smith said.

His team treated five gunshot wounds from the mass shooting scene, he said.

When Smith spoke Monday afternoon, no one brought into the hospital injured had died.

He praised police and emergency responders, saying “they saved lives today.”

He also thanked the hospital nurses and physicians.

“They were able to care for a large number of people coming in severely injured in a very short period of time,” Smith said. “We were able to get them to the services they need.”

In addition to the nine injured, five were killed in the shooting at Old National Bank, including the shooter, who was a bank employee. Those killed by the shooter are, according to Louisville Police:

  • Joshua Barrick, 40
  • Thomas Elliot, 63

  • Juliana Farmer, 45

  • James Tutt, 64

None of the patients who required surgery were awake yet when Smith gave the Monday afternoon update, alongside Gov. Andy Beshear, Mayor Craig Greenberg and Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel.

“Really the next 24 hours for all involved in this who required an operation are going to be the critical time period for us to understand really how well they’re going to recover from this acute part of their overall care,” Smith said. “They’ve got long roads ahead of them, but if we can get through 24 hours then we will take another 24 hours and we will keep doing that until they get out of the hospital.”

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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, COVID-19 and more.