According to Variety, three people are dead and seven are confirmed wounded at this time. Among the dead is the gunman, who reportedly took his own life after the shooting spree. Of the wounded, their conditions apparently range from non-life-threatening to critical, according to the police chief at the scene.
Though many of the details about the scene are still emerging, witnesses and family of the victims are taking to Twitter to share their reactions and thoughts about what has happened tonight.
Warning: Some of these details are difficult to read.
"There was so much blood." -Witness who dug bullet out theater victim's leg #LafayetteShooting— Jessica Goff (@JGoffTDA) July 24, 2015
My mom and sister were in the same theater hours before the shooting. So thankful they're ok.— Taylor Marie Waddle (@TayMarieWaddle) July 24, 2015
Wanted to let everybody know I'm safe. I was in The Grand parking lot when cops arrived. It's worse than it looks on TV. Praying #Lafayette— ML1 Media (@mightylions1) July 24, 2015
So far, motive for the shooting is unknown. The gunman reportedly didn't speak as he opened fire on the theater about 20 minutes into the film's start time. Authorities are confirming that he used a handgun.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also arrived on the scene of the shooting shortly after being notified of the incident.
I'm on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
Gov. Jindal says hero teacher jumped in front of a bullet to protect another during Lafayette movie theater shooting, then pulled fire alarm— Jon Passantino (@passantino) July 24, 2015
Reports also confirm that Governor Jindal plans to visit the hospital where victims are being treated.
Star Amy Schumer responded quickly to the news on Twitter.
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
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