LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA (TIP): A shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater left at least two people dead and nine others injured, health officials said.
The shooting inside the Grand Theatre 16 involved “multiple victims,” the police department tweeted. Police said they received the call about 7:30 p.m. CT.
The scene immediately after the shooting was chaotic.
“A whole bunch of girls started screaming and we heard that someone was shot,” Roxy Martinez told CNN affiliate KATC. “There were a lot of people running.”
Clay Henry with Acadian Ambulance said the wounded were taken to three area hospitals. He described the injuries as “wide and varied.”
The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sgt. James Anderson of the Louisiana State Police said. It wasn’t clear if the shooter was included among the dead list
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.” — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
Lafayette is a city of about 120,000 people 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.
The shooting happened days after the conviction of James Holmes in the July 19, 2012, Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 people wounded.