Three people were killed and nine injured when a 58 year old man opened fire in a cinema in Lafayette in the state of Louisiana on Thursday night.
The shooting took place during the 19th show of the movie "Trainwreck" in the cinema Grand 16 Theatre in the city's main street. About 100 people were in the theater when a man stood up half an hour into the movie and began shooting with a handgun, according to eyewitnesses.
Police Chief Jim Craft told that four police officers quickly entered the theater to confront the perpetrator.
- They heard shots being fired at that time. They found the perpetrator dead of a self-inflicted wound, he said.
The condition of several of the injured is critical, according to Craft, who also says that they know the identity of the perpetrator, one 58 year old man, but that they so early in the investigation will not reveal his name.
- The perpetrator is dead. We may never know his motive, said Craft, adding that the 58 year old had a criminal record.
The witness Katie Domingue says that the perpetrator was an elderly white man.
- He said nothing. I heard no screams either, she told the local newspaper Daily Advertiser.
Lafayette is a city of 120,000 inhabitants about 90 kilometers southwest of the state capital Baton Rouge.
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