LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — The shooter at the Grand Theater in Louisiana went alone before he began his rampage, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said during a 1:40 a.m. morning press conference.
Investigators believe the shooter, a 58-year-old white male, was sitting alone in the 7 p.m. showing of “Trainwreck,” when he suddenly got up and started firing a 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 were still inside of the theater at the time of the early morning press conference.
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 and Craft said the evacuation order will be lifted shortly.
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.
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