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Lafayette, La. – A news conference slated to start at 6:30 a.m. has been pushed back to 7:15. Investigators plan to share the latest on a mass shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Three people, including the gunman, are dead and nine others injured after a man pulled out a handgun and began firing indiscriminately. It happened at a screening of the comedy “Trainwreck.”
The shooter, a 58-year-old white man, killed two people and wounded nine others at the Louisiana multiplex Thursday night before he turned his gun on himself and took his own life, police said.
Coming within days of the verdict in the Aurora theater massacre, and its saturation news coverage, there was some speculation whether the shooting was a copycat crime.
“There’s nothing to believe that there was any kind of motive,” said Col. Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police.
Authorities have the gunman’s name but are withholding it as the investigation continues.
“We want to talk to the [victims’] families first and let them know what happened,” Edmonson said. “We owe them that respect.”
The shooting took place during the 7:10 p.m. screening of “Trainwreck” at The Grand Theater 16 in Lafayette, a city of about 120,000 people, 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.
About 100 people were inside when the bullets flew.