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After a shooter perpetrated a deadly attack at a bank in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday, President Joe Biden criticized Republicans in a statement.
A 23-year-old employee of Old National Bank perpetrated the shooting, which left four victims dead and others wounded. One of those wounded was 26-year-old Nickolas Wilt, who had recently graduated from the police academy on March 31, Louisville Metro Police Department interim chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said. "I just swore him in," she said. She noted that he had been "struck in the head," and that he had "come out of brain surgery" and was in "critical but stable condition."
Authorities were fired upon and returned fire, Gwinn-Villaroel said, noting that the suspect is dead.
\u201cOfficer Nickolas Wilt, a new officer to the LMPD, ran towards the gunfire today to save lives. He remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.\u201d— LMPD (@LMPD) 1681155973
Biden blasted Republicans in a statement about the deadly shooting.
"Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in the tragic shooting in Louisville, and for the survivors who will carry grief and trauma for the rest of their lives. We are grateful to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers who quickly and courageously stepped into the line of fire to save others," Biden said in a statement before pivoting to bash Republicans.
"How many more Americans must die before Republicans in Congress will act to protect our communities? It's long past time that we require safe storage of firearms. Require background checks for all gun sales. Eliminate gun manufacturers' immunity from liability. We can and must do these things now.
"A strong majority of Americans want lawmakers to act on commonsense gun safety reforms. Instead, from Florida to North Carolina to the U.S. House of Representatives, we’ve watched Republican officials double down on dangerous bills that make our schools, places of worship, and communities less safe. It’s unconscionable, it’s reckless, and too many Americans are paying with their lives," Biden said in the statement.
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.