Shooting in Lafayette at Movie Theater Kills 2 and Himself
LAFAYETTE, La. — Three individuals passed on and nine were injured after a shooter opened fire in a film theater here on Thursday night, authorities said. The shooter was among the dead.
The shooting occurred quickly before 7:30 p.m. amid an indicating of the drama “Trainwreck” at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, a 16-screen multiplex on one of the busiest avenues in the city. Chief Jim Craft of the Lafayette Police Department said that cops entered the theater complex while the shooting was going on. When they got inside the theater, they discovered the shooter dead of a self-exacted injury.
Chief Craft said three individuals were murdered, including the shooter, and the injured had been taken to close-by healing centers. The states of the injured, he said, “range from non life-threatening to critical.”
The casualties went from adolescents to individuals in their 60s, the Chief said. One victim was in surgery, he said, and “was not doing great.”
Chief Craft, who portrayed the crime scene as “really chaotic,” said a handgun was utilized as a part of the assault. He didn’t release the name of the shooter, and he said it was too early to know his thought process.
The chief said the police had determined the identity of the shooter and observed that he had a criminal history, “however it would appear that it’s really old.” Addresses in Louisiana and a few different states had been found for the shooter, the chief said.
Not certain that he is from Louisiana, Chief Craft said, “I thoroughly consider he’s from out of state.”
Sgt. Brooks David of the Louisiana State Police said the shooter was a 58-year-old “solitary white male.”