Treylan Arceneaux via AP
Treylan Arceneaux via AP
Tragedy has struck Louisana.
E! News has confirmed with Lafayette Police Department that there was a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday night, almost three years to the day of The Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora.
Authorities tell us they received a call that came in at approximately 7:30 p.m. about an active shooting, and cannot confirm what movie was playing, but multiple outlets report it was Amy Schumer's comedy Trainwreck.
Police tell us there are three deaths, including the gunman, who reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There were approximately six to eight people transported to a local hospital with injuries that "range from non-life threatening to critical and life-threating," according to a press conference led by Chief of Police Jim Craft.
They add that this is still an active investigation and it is too early to identify the shooter, but Sgt. Brooks David revealed during a live call-in with CNN that it was a "lone, white male," who was 58 years old and a patron of the theater. Officials don't know the motive at this time, but confirm that his weapon was a handgun.
Police have identified the shooter but they are not releasing that information, because they do not want to compromise the investigation. However, investigators are doing background checks and looking into his home and associates to gain some clues.
The coroner is currently in the theater with the deceased bodies, including the gunman. The scene was described as "chaotic," and FBI, state police, Lafayette police and the district attorney are all currently on the scene.
"One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it," Trainwreck director Judd Apatow said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me."
"My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness," he continued. "We, as a country, need to find a way to do better."
As information concerning this incident continue to unfold, celebrities have taken to Twitter to voice their concern over the shooting:
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
ANOTHER shooting. What is happening. So sad. Thoughts are with the family's of those injured and killed x— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) July 24, 2015
Thoughts & prayers with everyone in Lafayette, Louisiana this evening.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2015
praying for everyone in Lafayette. so sad to hear about another shooting, especially so close to home.— Sadie Robertson (@sadierob) July 24, 2015
Praying for those in Lafayette, Louisiana tonight. ??— Vicki Gunvalson (@vgunvalson) July 24, 2015
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spotlight the victims the helpers the EMTs IGNORE THE SHOOTER treat him like the insect he is PLEASE #Louisiana— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 24, 2015
Ok? Can we stop blaming our "content" and focus on mental health and gun availability? Prayers to Lafayette....#heartbreaking— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) July 24, 2015
So sad to hear about the #Lafayette shooting. Prayers go to the victims and their families.— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) July 24, 2015
140 characters isn't enough to express the rage, sadness, hopelessness, frustration, confusion, fear & numbness WHYYYYY?!?!?— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 24, 2015
My heart and prayers go out to those in Louisiana affected by the shooting tonight. As a nation we NEED to rise above the violence.— Tamera Mowry-Housley (@TameraMowryTwo) July 24, 2015
My thoughts & well wishes are w/ the people of #Lafayette Louisiana tonight. 3 dead & 7(or more) injured in a theater shooting.Horrible news— Larry King (@kingsthings) July 24, 2015
Let's never become numb to this ceaseless gun violence. It cannot be our norm. Love to all in Louisiana.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 24, 2015
We have officially crossed the threshold of being in the most violent time In human history.What are we going TODAY for a better future?— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) July 24, 2015
What is happening in our society? Is it people playing uber violent video games from the age of five? Movies? Bad parenting? Society?WHAT?!— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) July 24, 2015
I don't know what to say anymore but giving thoughts and prayers to #Lafayette right now....— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 24, 2015
How can we consider ourselves a civilized country and go on like this? It's insane. What can we do? #GunControlNow— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 24, 2015
Just reading about the #LafayetteShooting. Devastating. Prayers all around.— Odette Annable (@OdetteAnnable) July 24, 2015
Came back to the hotel and saw the devastating news about the shooting in Lafayette. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all involved.— John Green (@johngreen) July 24, 2015
Warning: Below is a video of the aftermath taken by someone on the scene and may be disturbing to some.