Three people were killed and seven others were injured after a man opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. The gunman then turned the gun on himself.
The shooting occurred at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, some 20 minutes into the movie “Trainwreck.”
As reported by The Daily Advertiser newspaper, a witness said, “[The gunman] wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either.”
The witness described the gunman as “an older white man.”
— Jessica Goff (@JGoffTDA) July 24, 2015
Chaos spread like wild fire in the aftermath of the shooting.
Roxy Martinez said, “A whole bunch of girls started screaming and we heard that someone was shot. There were a lot of people running.”
“I see a lady full of blood in a dress,” Robert Martinez said. “She was just looking at me in complete fear.”
Police have the theater surrounded. Shooter may be in custody. pic.twitter.com/7m7S0RPxPI
— Seth Dickerson (@SDickersonSHV) July 24, 2015
Emergency vehicles soon arrived at the scene, Todd Moffatt, manager of a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in the area, said. A lockdown was imposed on the area, he added.
According to NBC News, the police are being assisted by the Louisiana State Police, University of Louisiana-Lafayette police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. As a precautionary measure, police have been deployed to other theaters in Lafayette as well, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said.
Governor Bobby Jindal said, “I know a lot of us are horrified and shocked. I think I speak for every mom and dad who just wants to hug their kids.”
I'm on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
As reported by CNN, the shooting occurred days after the culprit of the Colorado theater shooting, James Holmes, was convicted. The July 2012 shooting resulted in 12 deaths while 70 people were wounded.
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