3 Dead, 7 Wounded in Theater Shooting

Gunman kills self in Louisiana
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2015 8:53 PM CDT
Updated Jul 23, 2015 10:23 PM CDT
Report: Several Wounded in Theater Shooting
Lafayette police block an entrance road following a shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015.   (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

A gunman opened fire inside a multiplex movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, tonight, killing two people and himself, and injuring seven more, reports NBC News. A witness tells the Daily Advertiser that she heard gunshots about 20 minutes into a showing of Trainwreck. She describes seeing "an older white man" shooting, apparently at random. "He wasn't saying anything," she says. Police have identified the shooter only as a 58-year-old male, reports KLFY. Authorities say he used a handgun in the attack and died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

"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," say Gov. Bobby Jindal, who went to the scene. "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 States." A person in the multiplex tells CNN he saw a woman who had been shot. "She was just looking at me in complete fear." The shooting comes as jurors in Colorado debate the death penalty for Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. (More shooting stories.)

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