Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting: 3 Dead, Including Gunman

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LAFAYETTE, La. (CNN/18 NEWS) – A man opened fire inside a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday night. He killed two people and wounded at least seven others before apparently taking his own life.

Police said about 100 people were watching the comedy “Trainwreck” when the shooter began firing randomly using a handgun. An alarm went off, followed by an overhead intercom message asking patrons to get out.
four officers entered the theater and found the gunman dead.

Police said the shooter was a 58-year-old white man who was a theater patron. They are not releasing his name and there’s no word on a motive.

Governor Bobby Jindal addressed reporters late Thursday night.

“Out of tonight’s tragedy we’re beginning to hear of heroism and self-sacrifice. A couple of teachers were at the movie together, one of the teachers literally jumped on top of the other, may have saved her life, took a bullet that could have hit the second teacher in the head, the second teacher was injured, was shot, she’s one of the ones being discharged tonight. Despite being injured the second teacher was able to pull a fire alarm, and helped to save other lives”, said Jindal.

The shooting happened six days after the conviction of James Holmes in the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting. On July 19th, 2012, Holmes opened fire during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He left 12 people dead and 70 people wounded.


(18 NEWS/NBC NEWS) — At least two people, including the gunman, were killed and nine others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.

Police in Lafayette, about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, said the shooting occurred at the Grand Theatre on Johnston Street about 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET). Witnesses described hearing about six shots in a screening of the movie “Trainwreck.”

Acadian Ambulance Service told NBC News that two people were dead at the scene. Police said they believed one of them was the gunman.

“We believe the scene is safe at this time,” Sgt. Kyle Suarez told NBC News.

Nine other people were injured, according to the ambulance service. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.

18 News will have more as it is made available. 

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