Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the 58-year-old white man used a handgun and later took his own life. Dee Stanley, chief administrative officer of the city about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, told MSNBC TV that some of the wounded were in “very critical” condition with life-threatening injuries.
The ages of the victims range from late teens to 60s, according to Craft.
Lafayette police said the shooting occurred at the Grand Theatre 16 on Johnston Street about 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET). Witnesses described hearing about six shots in a screening of the movie “Trainwreck.”
Officials said it appears the gunman entered the theater alone and fired randomly at film-goers.
“We don’t believe there’s anybody else involved,” Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson told reporters. There were approximately 100 people inside the theater at the time, he added.
Authorities have located what they believe is the gunman’s car and called in the bomb squad after “suspicious” items were seen inside, Edmonson told reporters.