Gunman, Others Dead in Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting

Injured being treated at Lafayette-area hospitals


A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lousiana on Thursday night, killing at least one person and injuring at least six others before shooting himself, officials said.

The shooting took place at the Grand Theatre in the city of Lafayette, said Clay Henry, vice president of operations for Acadian Ambulance.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the initial call came in at 7:30 p.m. and that in less than a minute, offiers were at the theater. Two people were dead, and the gunman died from a self-inflicted shot, he said.

Henry said eight people were brought to the hospital.

Katie Domingue of Carencro, Louisiana was at the 7 p.m. showing of “Train Wreck” with her fiancé, Joshua Doggett. She told the Advertiser that about 20 minutes into the movie, she heard a loud noise.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she told the Advertiser.

Domingue said she saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down into the theater, but not in her direction.

“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.

“Prayers for Lafayette at Grand Theater. Talking to state police colonel about shooting in Lafayette,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in a tweet.

Jindal said in a second tweet that he was traveling to Lafayette, a city of about 120,000 people roughly 55 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, the state capital.

The shooting comes almost exactly three years after a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado during a screening of the Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others.

James Holmes was convicted last week on 165 counts of murder, attempted murder and explosives charges in the July 20, 2012, rampage.

Jurors in that case are now trying to determine if Holmes should face the death penalty or life in prison.

Over the past two months, there have several mass shootings.

A gunman is accused of a racially motivated shooting at a black church in South Carolina that killed nine church members in June. Last week, a gunman attacked military offices in Tennessee, killing four U.S. servicemen. A fifth died two days later.

In a BBC interview that aired on Thursday before the Louisiana shooting, President Barack Obama said his biggest frustration was the failure to pass “common-sense gun safety laws.”

Source: Al Jazeera and wire services 

Reprinted with permission.