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Three dead in US cinema shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana

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By Alasdair Sandford
Three dead in US cinema shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana

<p>A man has opened fire in a cinema in the US state of Louisiana.</p> <p>Three people are reported to have died during the attack in the city of Lafayette. They include the gunman who police say shot himself.</p> <p>Several others were injured, some of them critically <a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2015/07/23/shooting-reported-grand-theatre-johnston/30598925/">according to local media reports</a>.</p> <p>Witnesses are quoted as describing the gunman as a white, older man.</p> <p>He apparently stood up and opened fire on those around him without saying anything.</p> <p>The shooting happened at the “Grand Theater” cinema during an early evening screening of the film “Train Wreck”.</p> <p>Amy Schumer, who stars in the film, tweeted her reaction to the tragedy soon afterwards:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.</p>— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) <a href="https://twitter.com/amyschumer/status/624419088924741632">July 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.</p>— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) <a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyJindal/status/624393783786909696">July 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who travelled to Lafayette, said such “senseless acts of violence” made people both furious and sad.</p> <p>Police in Lafayette have been quoted as saying the gunman used a pistol and was known to them, without giving further details.</p> <p>The shooting came almost three years to the day since a gunman killed 12 people and injured dozens at a cinema in Colorado.</p> <p>A jury is due to decide whether James Holmes, who was <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/17/colorado-cinema-gunman-james-holmes-guilty-of-mass-murder/">found guilty on multiple counts of murder</a> last week, should face the death penalty or life in prison.</p> <p>President Barack Obama has said <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33646704">in an interview with the <span class="caps">BBC</span></a> that the greatest frustration of his presidency has been his failure to reform US gun laws.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyJindal"><code>BobbyJindal</a> in response to question on gun control: &quot;let&#39;s focus on victims now ... tonight&#39;s not the night to be political&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lafayette?src=hash">#lafayette</a></p>&mdash; Casey Ardoin (</code>Casey_Ardoin) <a href="https://twitter.com/Casey_Ardoin/status/624425152810516481">July 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Reaction on social media to the latest mass shooting quickly built up at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LafayetteShooting?src=hash">#LafayetteShooting</a> </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://instagram.com/p/5gP935hxgb/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">#PrayForLafayette #MySecondHome it's crazy that it hits so close to home…</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A photo posted by Christian Nochez (@c_pun_nochez) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-07-24T03:31:42+00:00">Jul 23, 2015 at 8:31pm <span class="caps">PDT</span></time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>