According to police, a 58 year old white gunman opened
fire on movie goers last night in a Louisiana movie theater, killing 3
people, including himself and injuring as many as 7 people, some of whom
are in critical condition
City Marshal Brian Pope said that
the gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana
where people were watching the comedy, ‘Trainwreck’ before turning the
gun on himself.
No one knows his motive for the shooting yet. Police are still investigating.
Gov of Louisiana, Gov Bobby Jindal
says the gun man shot 2 friends who are friends were together when the
gunman started shooting. He said he was told one friend took the bullet
for her friend and in the process stopped the shooter from killing more
His name hasn’t been released yet. Will update as I get more info.
At a second news conference late Thursday, authorities said they had
found the gunman’s vehicle with a suspicious package inside. A bomb
squad and hazmat team had been called in to assist and the area near the
theater was evacuated. Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State
Police said that there are no other suspects apart from the deceased
The gunman opened fire with a handgun at the Grand 16 Theatre in
Lafayette, approximately 40 miles east of Baton Rouge. Authorities said
approximately 100 people were inside the theater at the time.
The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7 p.m. showing of the movie “Trainwreck,” said Katie Domingue.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” Domingue told the
newspaper. 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.
Domingue said she heard about six shots before she and her fiance ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and purse.
Jalen Fernell said he was watching the film “Southpaw” with friends in
an adjacent theater when he heard the first shots. Initially, he thought
they were part of the movie.
“About five seconds later, sirens went off and I realized it wasn’t the
movie,” said Fernell, who added that moviegoers were told to leave the
area over a loudspeaker. Outside the theater, the 20-year-old said “I
saw a woman lying on the ground outside with blood everywhere. She was
shot in the leg.”
“We didn’t know what to do. You’re scared to walk through the parking
lot. You don’t know if the guy’s in a car, hiding in the parking lot,”
Fernell said. He watched as police with assault rifles entered the
building and described hearing a barrage of gunshots “like a war going
Fernell said he heard from a police car radio that six people were down
in Theater 14. After more gunshots, he heard that the suspect was down
and had committed suicide.
Police said they had closed other theaters in the area as a precaution.
State and federal personnel were on hand to assist in the investigation.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal arrived at the scene approximately two hours
after the shooting. At a news conference, Jindal praised the response
of local law enforcement and asked for prayers on behalf of the victims.
“The best thing anybody can do right now is to think about them, pray
for them, shower them with your love is the most important thing we will
get through this,” Jindal said. “We will get through this. We are a
resilient community. This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an
awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United
Comedian Amy Schumer, the star of “Trainwreck,” tweeted her condolences.