A gunman opened fire inside a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater on Thursday night, killing two people and himself.
Police have confirmed that the gunman, identified as 59-year-old, John Russel Houser, fired off at least 13 rounds 20 minutes into a screening of Trainwreck.
“It appears he was intent on shooting and escaping,” Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said during a press conference. “The quick law enforcement response pushed him back into the theater.”
Craft added, “The information we have at this time indicates that he was by himself, he sat by himself and the first two people he shot were sitting right in front of him … When he stood up and started firing, people started rushing out. It looks like he spotted the officers coming in and he turned around, went against the crowd and fired a single gunshot.”
It’s been confirmed that the two victims that lost their lives were 21-year-old Mayci Breaux, who died on the scene and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson, who died at a nearby hospital.
Following reports of the tragic news, celebrities took to social media to express their condolences.
The film’s star, Amy Schumer tweeted:
“My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”
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