The shooter, a 58-year-old white male, who was a patron in the Lafayette movie theater began shooting and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound when confronted by police, according to Louisiana State Police.
Three people are dead, including the gunman, and seven others were injured in a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday night. The shooting happened at the Grand 16 Theatre during a 7:00 PM screening of the new comedy “Trainwreck,” according to local media reports. Television station KLFY posted a picture on their website showing multiple police cars outside the theater.
CNN News is reporting the unidentified shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound with a hand gun. During a LIVE news conference from the scene, police gave the official details. Two people were shot and killed by the gunman while seven others were rushed to the hospital. The extent of their injuries range from non-severe, severe to critical. At the time of the press conference all the deceased were still in the theater to finish off the investigation.
The police know the identity of the shooter but as of 11:30 PM ET authorities have not released that information due to having yet to finish a background and residence search.
Moviegoer Katie Domingue told the Lafayette Advertiser newspaper that the gunman opened fire about 20 minutes into the movie.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” Domingue said. She reported seeing “an older white man” stand up and open fire.
“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.
Domingue went on to say she heard about six shots, before she and fiance Joshua Doggett ran towards the nearest exit.
The shooting is reported to have taken place in a theater showing the new Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck” staring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Amy has just released this tweet upon hearing of the sad news.
This shooting comes almost three years to the day, a movie theater massacre happened in Aurora, Colorado. On July 22, 2012, James Holmes opened fire during a midnight screening of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Last week a Colorado jury found Holmes guilty of killing 12 people and wounding at least 70 others. The trial is now in the second phase in which the jury will consider the punishment for Holmes, either life in prison or the death penalty.
We here at PopcultHQ are an entertainment site about pop culture, but we are also a media outlet that cares about all humanity and feel such profound sadness to hear about the latest theater shooting.
As owner and EIC of PopcultHQ I want to make it clear from this point. We will NOT now or ever publish the picture of the shooter. We will honor the memory of the victims instead. This is something I have felt very deeply about for a long time to never give these cowardly gunmen the thing they so desperately want from the media and that is attention.
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Television station KLFY posted the pictures provided for this article.