Update as of 12:09 a.m. EDT: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal arrived at a hospital where victims of the Lafayette movie theater shooting are being treated, according to local reports. Jindal called for prayers for the families of those killed in Thursday shooting.
"This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States. But we will get through this," Jindal said, at a news conference Thursday night, according to the Associated Press.
Police reportedly said that about 100 people were in the theater for a screening of “Trainwreck” when a 58-year-old white man “fired randomly” at people.
Update as of 11 p.m. EDT: Three people are confirmed dead and seven injured after a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. The shooter has been confirmed as a 58-year-old white man, police said in a press conference. His identity has not been announced. The Louisiana State Police Department has issued a statement on Facebook regarding a shooting at a Lafayette movie theater. "Troopers are working closely with the Lafayette Police Department as well as numerous other agencies to provide assistance and investigate the shooting incident at the Grande Theater," the statement said. "Please keep the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers."
ORIGINAL STORY: A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, Thursday night. Two people, including the gunman, have been confirmed dead and six otherse have been confirmed injured, the Associated Press reported. The shooting occurred at The Grand 16 Theatre on Johnston Street during a 7 p.m. CST showing of "Train Wreck." Emergency workers responded to a call from the theater at about 7:30 p.m.
"We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker," said Katie Domingue, who was in the theater during the shooting, the Advertiser reported. She said she saw an “older white man” standing up and shooting down. "He wasn't saying anything. Domingue said. “I didn't hear anybody screaming either.”
Prayers for Lafayette at Grand Theater. Talking to state police colonel about shooting in Lafayette.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
Just had a shooting at this movie I'm at in Lafayette. This is insane
— Keifer Sanders (@KeiferSanders2) July 24, 2015
Shooting at the movie theatre.... Lafayette_ pic.twitter.com/QEfkMXMBT4
— T.Mac (@TreylanJ_) July 24, 2015
Lafayette is located about two hours from New Orleans.