3 dead in Louisiana theater shooting

A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday night, killing at least two people and injuring at least six others before shooting himself, officials said.

The shooting took place at the Grand Theatre in the city of Lafayette, said Clay Henry, vice president of operations for Acadian Ambulance.

Henry said nine people were brought to the hospital and that two, including the gunman, were pronounced dead on arrival.

The gunman was 58-year-old “lone white male.” police said. The identity of the shooter was not released.

Henry said emergency workers got the call to go to the theater about 7:30 p.m. Central. He did not immediately have any additional information.

The Daily Advertiser quoted City Marshal Brian Pope as saying that the shooter turned the gun on himself after firing at the others, and that six people were injured.

The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7 p.m. showing of the movie “Trainwreck,” according to the newspaper, which quoted theatergoer 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 told the newspaper she heard about six shots before she and her fiance ran to the nearest exist, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tweeted that he was on his way to Lafayette. “Please say a prayer for the victims at the Grand Theatre and their families,” he posted.