A gunman opened fire inside of the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday evening killing two people and injuring several others before taking his own life.
During a press conference, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said he believed the gunman, a 58-year-old white male, acted alone and opened fire with a handgun. 100 people were inside of the theater screening the new film, Trainwreck, when the shooter began firing. Authorities know the identity of the shooter, but are not releasing his name to the public.
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
The Lafayette Police Department received calls at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time and arrived on the scene within less than five minutes. Four officers entered the theater while shots were still being fired.
Moviegoer Katie Domingue told The Advertiser that the shooting occurred about 20 minutes into Trainwreck.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she said. She saw an older, white man and said he was the shooter.
“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.
The Grand 16, located at 3141 Johnston Street, is operated by Southern Theatres, the eighth largest theater circuit in the United States, with 542 screens in 40 locations.
“Troopers are working closely with the Lafayette Police Department as well as numerous other agencies to provide assistance and investigate the shooting incident at the Grand Theater,” police said in a Facebook post. “Please keep the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers.”