The police chief in Lafayette, Louisiana, said a Thursday night shooting inside a movie theater left a number of people wounded and the shooter dead.
The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sgt. James Anderson of the Louisiana State Police said. A police spokesman said the shooter was a lone, white male, 58 years old.
An ambulance company in Lafayette said there were two people dead at the scene including the shooter and nine people injured.
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.”
Her brother saw a woman who had been shot in the stomach.
“I see a lady full of blood in a dress,” Robert Martinez said. “She was just looking at me in complete fear.”
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.”
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.
It also happened just three days after the third anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting.