Three people Killed, Including the Gunman Seven Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting
By: James West, Reporting July 23, 2015
Three people, including the gunman, were killed and seven others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, police said.
Police said the attacker was a 58-year-old white male armed with a handgun but did not release any further details.
Witnesses said the man opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of a film at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, said seven other people were taken to a local hospital with injuries ranging from critical to non-life threatening. The identity of the gunman is known to police, Mr Craft added, but it is not being released at this time.
One witness said she heard a loud bang like a firecracker and saw a man standing up and shooting during a screening of the film Trainwreck.
“He wasn't saying anything. I didn't hear anybody screaming either,” Katie Domingue told local newspaper The Advertiser.
About 100 people are thought to have been in the building at the time of the shooting.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who arrived at the scene late on Thursday night, told reporters: “We will get through this. We are a resilient community.”
“This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States,” he added.
Comedian and actress Amy Schumer, who stars in Trainwreck, tweeted: “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”