2 Fatalities, Including Gunman, Victim Conditions Range From “Non-life Threatening to Critical”
“FBI on the Scene”
Three people have been killed and seven others injured after a man opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. One of the deceased is the suspect, who turned the gun on himself.
According to witnesses the man opened fire some 20 minutes into the movie Train Wreck, which was being screened at the Grand Theatre in in Lafayette.
“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” a witness told The Advertiser, describing the shooter as “an older white man.”
According to reports the shooter eventually turned the gun on himself, before authorities were able to approach him.
Lafayette police initially received the call about the shooting, which involved “multiple victims,” at around 7:30pm local time. Multiple police teams were deployed to the scene, surrounded and swept the movie theater.
After police entered the building to “engage the shooter” they were able to confirm that he was unresponsive and likely dead, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft told reporters. The situation at the theater was “contained,” he added.
The identity of the shooter, who was acting alone, has not officially been revealed thus far, but Craft confirmed that the shooter was a white man in his 50s.
Meanwhile an ambulance official confirmed to AP that in total eight people with gun wounds had been taken to hospital, two of whom were proclaimed dead on arrival – the gunman and one other person.
Another victim – one of the three in a critical condition – later died in hospital.
“Troopers are working closely with the Lafayette Police Department as well as numerous other agencies to provide assistance and investigate the shooting,” Louisiana State Police said in a statement.