5 Things to Know About the Deadly Theater Shooting

Gov. Jindal says teachers saved lives in Lafayette shooting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2015 3:54 AM CDT
Updated Jul 24, 2015 6:46 AM CDT
Cops: Theater Shooter Had 'Criminal History'
Law enforcement personnel stand in the parking lot of the Grand Theatre early today in Lafayette, La.   (Paul Kieu, The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Police haven't named the 58-year-old shooter who killed two people and himself in a Lafayette, La., movie theater last night, but they say he's a "lone white male" with a criminal history, the AP reports. A police spokesman told reporters that the bomb squad was called in after suspicious items were found in the man's car, and officers are investigating "items of interest" inside the theater, where there are still bodies, including that of the shooter, the Daily Advertiser reports. Five things to know:

  • Police say at least seven people were injured, some critically, ranging in age from their teens to their 60s, reports the New York Times. One victim who underwent surgery is "not doing well," a police spokesman says.

  • The shooting occurred at a 7:10pm showing of the romantic comedy Trainwreck. Star Amy Schumer tweeted: "My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal, who traveled to the scene, said he had spoken to two teachers who acted heroically after the man began shooting, apparently at random, 20 minutes into the movie, the AP reports. One teacher jumped in front of another, probably saving her life, Jindal says, and the second teacher was able to ring the fire alarm to alert moviegoers despite having been shot in the leg.
  • Police say there were around 100 people in the theater when the man opened fire, and he was dead by the time they got there, CNN reports. A witness in a neighboring theater says he heard "gunshots after gunshots," which he thought was part of a movie until alarms started going off.
  • The shooting comes three years to the week after James Holmes killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, the AP notes. Yesterday, jurors decided that the attack justifies the death penalty, though he has not yet been sentenced.
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