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New gun restrictions in Tennessee, Elizabeth Holmes reporting to prison, and Eric André’s 40th birthday party.

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The Louisville shooter purchased his gun legally at a local dealership, police said

Police and federal agents gather outside a bank building

The suspect in the attack at Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, legally purchased his gun a week before the shooting, police said.

Kentucky has some of the loosest gun laws in the country, according to the gun safety advocacy group Giffords Law Center. The state does not require universal background checks for gun sales, has no minimum age to purchase a rifle or shotgun, and allows anyone over age 21 with a legal firearm to carry it concealed without a permit.

The suspect, who worked at the bank, used a rifle and livestreamed the shooting on Instagram. Four people plus the shooter were killed and nine were injured in the Monday attack. A fifth person died of their injuries later that day. One officer suffered minor injuries, while another was shot in the head and critically injured.

"For 15 years, I've cared for victims of violence and gunshot wounds,” said Jason Smith, the chief medical officer at University of Louisville Health. "I'm weary."

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg urged state and federal legislators to take action against gun violence. "You may think this will never happen to you, never happen to any of your friends or loved ones. I used to think that,” he said. “The sad truth is that now no one in our city, no one in our state, no one in our country has that luxury anymore."

What we know about the Louisville bank shooting victims so far

  • Authorities have identified the five victims as Joshua Barrick, 40, Thomas Elliott, 63, Juliana Farmer, 45, James Tutt, 64, and Deana Eckert, 57. All five worked at the bank.
    • At a press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Morgan McGarvey described the impact of the shooting on the community and how the violence reverberated throughout the city. Despite the size of its population, in Louisville — or "Louisvillage," as he called it — "everybody knows everybody."
  • More details about the lives of those killed in the shooting can be found here.


Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order to strengthen background checks for gun purchases. Lee's order comes after six people, including three children, were killed in a mass shooting at Nashville's Covenant School, according to HuffPost.

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Elizabeth Holmes lost her bid to stay out of prison while she appeals her conviction

Convicted fraudster Elizabeth Holmes must report to prison later this month to begin her sentence — even while she appeals her conviction, a federal judge has ruled.

Holmes, 39, was convicted in January 2022 for engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors by making misleading and false statements about the technological capabilities of her blood-testing company, Theranos. She was then sentenced in November to over 11 years in prison.

Holmes, who recently gave birth to her second child, argued that she should remain free in part to care for the newborn. After losing her bid, she was ordered to report to prison on April 27. Her coconspirator and former lover Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani is also slated to begin his almost 13-year sentence on April 20, despite also appealing his conviction.


What we saw at Eric André's wild 40th birthday party

Eric André emerging with his arms raised from a gigantic pink cake

Eric André, a comedian known for his sensational, chaotic antics, had a 40th birthday party that was as weird and epic as you'd expect — and then some.

With 3,250 tickets sold and lasting a whopping 12 hours, the event at the Knockdown Center in Queens could be described as The Eric Andre Show come to life. If you went to one area, you might find people getting spanked in the BDSM dungeon, while a small dance party with a DJ went on next door. You may get your portrait done by a live caricature artist or chill out at the petting zoo, which featured some very chilled-out goats and sheep. Throughout the night, various stage performers did everything from playing with fire to swallowing super-long party balloons. While André himself walked around the premises greeting excited fans, a group of André lookalikes was spotted throughout the night.

BuzzFeed News photo editor Kenneth Bachor outlined the 11 best things he encountered at Eric André’s 40th. You can read all about it here.

Eric André and several partygoers yell into a microphone
left: someone hangs upside down in a netted rope hula hope. right: a dom wearing mesh and police cap wraps a grinning guest in chains
Eric André and several lookalikes stand together on stage

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