3 dead, including the shooter, and several others injured in Louisiana theater shooting
LAFAYETTE (KUSI) – Friday 7:45 a.m. – The man who allegedly shot and killed two people in Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater before turning the gun on himself was publicly identified Friday morning.
59-year-old John Russel Houser was in a showing of the movie 'Trainwreck' at the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette when he opened fire around 7:30 p.m. local time. Two people – 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 31-year-old Jillian Johnson – were killed, and nine others were injured.
Houser apparently attempted to escape in the crowd, but a quick response time from police forced him back in the theater, where he turned his handgun on himself.
A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.
9:35 p.m. – The seven injured in the shooting range in age from late teens to 60s.
According to CNN, one victim was released from the hospital while another in surgery in "not doing well."
There were about 100 people in the theater at the time of the shooting, Col. Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police told a news conference.
He added that police believe the gunman fired shots only at the theater and had not waged an attack anywhere else beforehand.
"We have no reason to believe that this individual acted beyond this location here," Edmonson said.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was also at the scene, called the shooting "an awful night for Louisiana."
"What we can do now is we can pray," Jindal said. "We can hug these families. We can shower them with love, thoughts and prayers."
Jindal said he would meet with the families of the victims.
Amy Schumer, the star of "Trainwreck," tweeted the following in the aftermath of the shooting:
"My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."
8:16 p.m. – The shooter was a 58-year-old white male and the weapon was a handgun, said police Sgt. Brooks David.
Witnesses to the shooting said the gunman appeared to
8:00 p.m. – Three people confirmed dead in theater shooting.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said seven other people were wounded. He said the victims' conditions ranged from non-life-threatening to critical.
Authorities had determined the gunman's identity but his name was not being released.
6:40 p.m. – Police in Lafayette, Louisiana reported a shooting at the Grand 16 Theatre Thursday night.
Police from the Louisiana Police Department tweeted the shooting involved "multiple victims."
Officials are reporting two people are dead, as well as the shooter.
According to CNN, police said they received the call about 7:30 p.m. CT.
Other media outlets in Lafayette say the shooting occurred during a viewing of the recently released, "Trainwreck."
Todd Moffatt, manager of a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in the area, said 20 to 30 emergency vehicles had arrived on the scene. The area was locked down, he said.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tweeted, "I'm on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families," according to CNN.