An armed man opened fire on the civilians at a cinema in Lafayette in the US state of Louisiana.
The man described as an “older white male” stood up in the theater and began shooting at the audience. Two people lost their lives on the spot and several others were injured. Later he shot and killed himself too.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” Katie Domingue, a witness told the media.
“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” she added.
Nine people were taken to the three local hospitals according to local authorities.The incident occurred at the Grand 16 Theater at the screening of the film “Trainwreck.”
The fatal attack came as the architect of Colorado massacre, the country’s most notorious theater shooting, was coming to its legal end. The convict, James Holmes, might be sentenced to a death penalty or life imprisonment over the crimes committed in 2012.
“We think the shooter is deceased, but the situation is contained here to a specific theater. No other persons who were not in that theatre were injured,” Jim Craft, Chief of Lafayette Police Department.
The shooter is identified but his identity is not yet made public in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation in this case.
Hours after the shooting, another victim of the Grand 16 Theater lost life in the nearby hospital.
Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor, traveled to the shooting scene in Lafayette.
“This is the time to come together and fight against the anti-social elements that are ruining our peaceful society,” he said in an interview.
Police have locked down the entire cinema and carrying out the initial investigations of the incident to find out the motive behind today’s act of terrorism.The country has witnessed a number of mass shootings in the last two months.
On Thursday, US President Barack Obama said his biggest frustration was the failure to pass “common-sense gun safety laws” in the United States. IMAGE/reuters