Police: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman

October 2, 2021 – 11:52 pm

Law enforcement and other emergency personnel respond to the scene of the deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La.LAFAYETTE, La. — A lone gunman sitting in a packed movie theater stood up and began firing into the crowd, killing two and injuring at least seven others Thursday night before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.

Police described the shooter as a 58-year-old “lone white male” but did not immediately disclose his name. They later identified his car and evacuated the area after spotting something suspicious inside the vehicle. Police said they were going to set off an explosion in the car, and minutes later an Associated Press reporter on the scene heard a number of short bursts similar to firecrackers coming from that vicinity.

At least one theatergoer described the scene, saying an older white man stood up about 20 minutes into the 7:10 p.m. showing of the movie “Trainwreck” at the Grand 16 theater in Lafayette and began shooting.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker, ” Katie Domingue told The Louisiana Advertiser.

“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either, ” said Domingue, who added that she heard about six shots before she and her fiance ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

When the shooting began, a teacher who was in the theater jumped in front of a second teacher, saving her life, said Gov. Bobby Jindal, who arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting. The second teacher then managed to pull a fire alarm, he said.

Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference that they know who the gunman is, and that he had a “criminal history” but are not immediately releasing his name. Col. Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police said the body of the shooter and “at least one other person” were still inside the theater. Seven people were hurt, with injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to critical, Craft said. The shooter used a handgun, police said.

There were about 100 people in the theater at the time of the shooting, Edmonson said. He added that police believe the gunman fired shots only at the theater and had not waged an attack anywhere else beforehand.

Source: www.pressherald.com

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