3 Dead, 9 injured in Louisiana movie theater shooting

Chris Eger for reports:

Police in Lafayette are confirming that a man opened fire in a crowded showing of a popular film Thursday night, killing two before taking his own life.

The attack occurred just after 7 p.m. about 20 minutes into a scheduled showing of “Trainwreck” in the Grand 16, a stadium-style multiplex theater. Authorities estimate there was a crowd of 100 inside Theater No. 14 at the time.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft told KLFY the two killed were sitting in front of the shooter, an unidentified 58-year-old white male who suddenly stood up and began firing a semi-automatic handgun.

Authorities believe the shooter attempted to leave the theatre with the crowd but then took his own life when he saw two officers in the parking lot.

….Gun control organizations to include the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford’s Americans For Responsible Solutions, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action posted news of the Lafayette attack – in some cases within minutes – many referencing past incidents such as the Aurora movie theater shooting of 2012.

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