3 Dead After Louisiana Theater Shooting


Louisiana Theater ShootingThree people are dead and seven others injured in Lafayette, La., after a gunman opened fire during a showing of a film at The Grand 16 cinema on Thursday evening.

The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police chief Jim Craft said.

Police said the injuries range from non-life threatening to critical condition while the victims ranged in age from late teens into the 60s, Craft said. The FBI were working with state and local agencies to investigate the incident.

The shooting comes the same day that a jury saw James Holmes fit to potentially face the death penalty for shooting to death 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater in 2012.

Authorities said they know the identity of the shooter, who was described as a 58-year-old white male, but are withholding the name to protect the integrity of the investigation. The gunman had an old criminal history, Craft added. The weapon used in the shooting was a handgun, according to police Sgt. Brooks David.

“There’s nothing to believe that there was any kind of motive,” said Col. Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police. Police added there were about 100 theater patrons inside at the time of the shooting. A bomb squad was on the scene after a suspicious package was found in the vehicle believed to belong to the suspect, authorities said. Read more at KATC Louisiana.

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