الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Two killed in US cinema shooting

Lafayette police vehicles outside the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana - 23 July 2015

Police responded to reports of gunfire at the cinema on Thursday evening

A gunman has opened fire at a cinema in the US state of Louisiana, killing one person and injuring several others before shooting himself, officials say.

Witnesses said the man opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of a film at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette.

Police said they responded to a call at about 19:30 local time (01:30 GMT), adding there were “multiple victims”.

Lafayette is a city of about 120,000 people about 55 miles (90 km) southwest of Baton Rouge.

Clay Henry, an official with the local ambulance service, said two people were dead when they arrived at the scene.

One of those killed was the gunman, who is reported to have turned the weapon on himself.

Several others who were injured in the shooting were taken to a local hospital, Mr Clay said, and some of them are in a critical condition.

One witness said she heard a loud bang like a firecracker and saw a man standing up and shooting during a screening of the film Trainwreck.

She said the gunman appeared to be “an older white man”. Police said they knew the gunman’s identity but were not releasing it at this time.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said he was on his way to the scene, tweeting: “Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.”

The shooting comes as a jury deliberates the death penalty for a gunman who attacked a cinema in Colorado three years ago.

James Holmes, 27, killed 12 people and wounding 70 others in July 2012 at a screening of a Batman film near Denver.

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