Gunman and two victims dead, seven more injured after Louisiana theater shooting
A gunman described as a 58-year-old white man killed two people before shooting himself dead inside a movie theater, authorities in Lafayette, Louisiana confirmed on Thursday night.
This story has been updated. Please see below.
The shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. local time, during a showing of the film Trainwreck with 100 people reportedly inside at the time. Seven other people were injured in the attack.
“There’s nothing to believe that there was any kind of motive,” state police Col. Michael Edmonson was quoted as saying during a press conference.
The gunman’s identity has not been revealed. The surviving victims’ injuries range from critical to non-life-threatening.
The Lafayette Advertiser reported that Gov. Bobby Jindal also appeared at the press conference.
“The best thing anybody can do right now is to think about them, pray for them, shower them with your love is the most important thing we will get through this,” he said.
Witnesses said the man stood up in the middle of the movie and began shooting downward.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” Katie Domingue said.
Update, 12:34 a.m.: According to The Hill, Jindal said a teacher in the audience pulled the fire alarm to warn their fellow patrons about the gunman, while another teacher jumped in front of a bullet to save another person.
Also, the mother of a victim of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater — just over three years to the date of Thursday’s attack — weighed in online.
“Theater shooting in Louisiana. Numbers of injured unknown,” Sandy Phillips posted. “Here we go again America. THIS is freedom?”
CNN reported that the victims range in age from their late teens to their 60s. One victim has already been released, while another is “not doing well” and was in surgery as of this writing.
Update, 11:25 p.m.: CNN reported that, according to police, the man used a handgun to carry out the attack.
Also, the movie’s star, comedian Amy Schumer, expressed her condolences online, as seen below:
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
Watch a report from the scene, as aired on KLFY-TV on Thursday, below.
Another report from the scene, as aired on WWL-TV, can be seen here.