LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — The shooter went to the Grand Theater alone before beginning his rampage, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said during a 1:40 a.m. morning press conference.
Investigators believe the shooter, a 59-year-old white male, was sitting alone in the 7 p.m. showing of “Trainwreck,” when he suddenly got up and started firing a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Two people who were sitting in front of him were killed. One of the victims died at the scene, the other died at a local hospital. The shooter then turned the gun on himself.
Nine other people were wounded in the shooting. Chief Craft told reporters the body of the shooter and the victim who died at the scene are still inside of the theater at this time.
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Police had to delay their investigation of the crime scene, for several hours, after a suspicious package was located in the car that they believed to belong to the shooter.
Authorities detonated the car and said the package turned out to be harmless.
The nearby Greenbriar Condominiums was evacuated due to the suspicious package but the evacuation order has been lifted.
Chief Craft also said that Lafayette Police know the identity of the shooter but are withholding his identity at this time.
The chief added that officers were investigating the man’s criminal record in several other southern states.