Shooting At Louisiana Grand Theatre Leaves Several Injured — UPDATE
Layette, Louisiana, officials have confirmed that a shooting at the Louisiana Grand Theatre has left an unconfirmed number of people dead and more injured. As of 10 p.m. ET, NBC news had reported that, according to Acadian Ambulance Service, at least two people had died and eight were injured, and The Daily Advertiser reported that the shooter took his own life. According to The Advertiser, the shooting took place during a 7 p.m. showing of Trainwreck, the recently released comedy film starring Amy Schumer. and the police chief told the newspaper that the shooting had been contained to the one room. The identity or motive of the shooter has not yet been confirmed, though a moviegoer told The Advertiser she saw "an older white man" shooting.
Clay Henry, the vice president of operations for Acadian Ambulance, told USA Today that, including the gunman, 10 people were shot altogether.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed the shooting with a Tweet offering prayers as he said he was on his way to the city to speak with state police regarding the situation. CNN reported that around 20 to 30 emergency vehicles had arrived at the scene, which was under lockdown.
The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette is on Johnston Street and is one of several locations of the Southern movie theater chain. According to Reuters, Lafayette is about an hour away from Baton Rouge and is home to approximately 120,000 people.