Three confirmed dead after gunman opens fire in Lafayette movie theater

A man opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening. According to police chief Jim Craft, three are dead.

City marshall Brian Pope told the newspaper that the shooter turned the gun on himself after going on a shooting spree at the Grand Theatre. Craft said that seven are injured, from critical to non-life threatening. 

Katie Domingue told the Daily Advertiser that she was with her fiance at a showing of Train Wreck when an older white man stood up about 20 minutes into the movie and began shooting.

“We heard a loud pop. We thought was a firecracker,” Domingue said. “…He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either.”

Craft said that the shooting was confined only to one room in the theater. State police have said the alleged shooter is 58 years old.

Video shown by Alex Labat of KATC TV 3 shows multiple ambulances at the site with victims laying on stretchers and being loaded into the emergency vehicle.

Condolences from elected officials also have begun to pour in across Twitter.

Said Boustany in a statement: “I’m saddened at the terrible loss of life represented in tonight’s tragic shooting at a movie theater in my hometown of Lafayette. Bridget and I are praying for the families and friends of the victims at this difficult time. I will work with the Lafayette Police Department, local, state, and federal officials to get to the bottom of what happened tonight.”

This story is ongoing.

Photo via the Daily Advertiser/Instagram

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.