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Gunman Opens Fire in Deadly Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting

A gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday night killing two and injuring at least seven others before taking his own life, according to the Associated Press. The 59-year-old “lone white male” gunman fired his weapon “numerous times,” Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference.*

The details are still unfolding, and authorities have not yet released the shooter’s name, but the shooting took place at the Grand Theatre during a screening of the movie Trainwreck. Local authorities say there were about 100 people in the theater when the shooting started. It remains unclear what prompted the shooting.

Katie Domingue was in the movie theater and explained what she saw to the Daily Advertiser:

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she said. She saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down, not in her direction. “He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said. She heard about six shots, then she and [her fiancé] ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

*Correction, July 24, 2015: This post originally misstated the shooter’s age as 58. He was 59.