UPDATE: 3 killed, others injured in Louisiana theater shooting
By M. ALEX JOHNSON and ERIN CALABRESE, NBC News
(NBC News) - Three people, including the gunman, were killed and several others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, police said.
Some of the wounded were in critical condition, said Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, who said the gunman, a white man in his 50s who used a handgun, killed himself.
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Police in Lafayette, about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, 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."
Police said two people plus the gunman were dead at the scene.
"We believe the scene is safe at this time," Sgt. Kyle Suarez told NBC News.
Seven other people were injured, Acadian Ambulance Service told NBC News. Some were critically injured and others had non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Katie Domingue told The Daily Advertiser newspaper that "an older white man" began shooting about 20 minutes into the movie.
"He wasn't saying anything," Domingue said. "I didn't hear anybody screaming, either."
Keifer Sanders told MSNBC TV that he was in another theater when "the screen went black," alarms sounded and the audience was shepherded out the emergency exit.
Louisiana State Police, University of Louisiana-Lafayette police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local police. Police were deployed to other theaters in Lafayette as a precaution, Craft said.
"I know a lot of us are horrified and shocked," said Gov. Bobby Jindal, who quickly went to Lafayette. "I think I speak for every mom and dad who just wants to hug their kids."
Jindal added: "This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States."