Three Killed In Shooting At Movie Theater in Louisiana

Movie Theater Shooting
Posted at 4:24 AM, Jul 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-24 14:35:03-04

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Officials in Lafayette, Louisiana, say at least three people have been killed, including the gunman, at a movie theater on Thursday evening.

Police chief Jim Craft says a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon "numerous times" before fatally shooting himself at the Grand Theatre. His identify is known but was not released.

Craft said those who were injured had injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to critical.

There were about 100 people in the theater at the time of the shooting. Gunfire broke out about 20 minutes into a 7 p.m. showing of the movie "Trainwreck."

One witness told The Louisiana Advertiser that she heard a loud pop that she thought at first was a firecracker. She and her fiance ran out, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

The shooting came on the same day that a jury in Colorado refused to rule out the death penalty for convicted theater shooter James Holmes. He killed 12 people in July 2012.

Hours before the Lafayette shooting, President Barack Obama said in a BBC interview that the issue that frustrates him most is a lack of movement on what he called "commonsense gun safety laws."