3 dead after movie theater shooting in Louisiana

An official with an ambulance service in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, says that a shooting at a movie theater has left three people dead, including the gunman. (Source: KLFY-TV)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calls it an awful night for Lafayette, Louisiana and the country. That was his reaction to a movie theater shooting in Lafayette. Police Chief Jim Craft says three people were killed.

Some of the seven others injured are said to have life-threatening injuries. The gunman, who took his own life, was a white male in his late 50’s.

An official with an ambulance service in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, says that a shooting at a movie theater has left three people dead, including the gunman.  (Source: KLFY-TV)
An official with an ambulance service in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, says that a shooting at a movie theater has left three people dead, including the gunman. (Source: KLFY-TV)

Federal and local authorities are on the scene. Authorities have not released the identity of the gunman but say the 58-year-old white man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called for prayers for the families of the movie theater shooting victims.

Three were killed, including the gunman, and seven injured in the shooting Thursday.

“This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States. But we will get through this,” Jindal said at a news conference Thursday night.

He said he’ll be meeting with the families of the victims.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, echoed the governor’s sentiment and said he is “saddened at the terrible loss of life.”

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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