Reckless US cinema shooting : He wasn’t saying anything, he just opened fire

July 25, 2015 12:45 am

 

An officer escorts people to safety near the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre. Photo / AP

A screening of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck came to a horrifying
end after a gunman opened fire on a theater full of moviegoers in
Louisiana … leaving 3 dead and 7 injured before killing himself.
The shooting took place at the Grand Theatre in the city of Lafayette.

Jim
Craft, police chief in Lafayette, confirmed that three people had died,
including the gunman. He said seven people were injured in the
shooting, some critically.

He described the gunman as a “lone white male” aged 58, but
said police were not releasing it at this time. No motive had been put
forward for the attack.

Jacob Broussard said he was standing in line to go inside the Grand Theatre when he heard shots. Photo / AP
Jacob Broussard said he was standing in line to go inside the Grand Theatre when he heard shots. Photo / AP

Police cars block the entrance to The Grand Theatre cinema in Lafayette. Photo / AP
Police cars block the entrance to The Grand Theatre cinema in Lafayette. Photo / AP
“It appears the shooter has died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds,” he said.
Police scotched rumours there was a secondary shooter and officers said the weapon used was a handgun.
The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7.00pm showing of the movie Train Wreck.

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Katie Domingue was in the cinema with her fiance when the gunman opened fire.
“We
heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she said. she described
the gunman as “an older white man”, and said he stood up and started
shooting.
“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” she said.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the gunman's identity was known but police were releasing it at this time. Photo / AP
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the gunman’s identity was known but police were releasing it at this time. Photo / AP

On alert: Police tape surrounds the carpark of the cinema. Photo / AP
On alert: Police tape surrounds the carpark of the cinema. Photo / AP
She said she heard about six shots, then ran for the nearest exit with her partner, leaving behind her shoes and purse.
The
shooting comes three years after gunman James Holmes killed 12 people
and injured 70 more during a packed screening of The Dark Knight Rises
in Aurora, Colorado.
Holmes was found guilty of the massacre earlier this month.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal praised police officers who ran towards the shots.
He said “senseless” and “seemingly random acts of violence” “make both furious and sad at the same time”.
“We’re a resilient community. This is an awful night … We will get through this.”

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