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Shooter opens fire in Louisiana movie theater

Three people dead, seven injured

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A shooting inside a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater left three people dead (including the gunman) and nine injured, according to Lafayette police chief Jim Craft. Of the injured, two were taken to the hospital and released. The seven others remain in critical condition.

The incident took place during a screening of Trainwreck at the Grand 16 Theater. According to witnesses, the gunman stood up about 20 minutes into the movie and started firing at the audience. He later shot and killed himself.

The shooter has been identified as John Russel Houser, described as a 58-year-old white male. Police do not yet have a motive.

The incident is tragically reminiscent of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting in July 2012. That shooting, which occurred during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, took the lives of 12 people and injured 70 others. The shooter, James Eagan Holmes, was recently convicted of 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of possessing explosives.

This is a developing story…

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