Law enforcement and other emergency personnel respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP)
Chicago (AFP) – A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in the US state of Louisiana, fatally shooting two people and wounding seven others before killing himself, police said.
The shooting comes as a jury deliberates the death penalty for the gunman in a 2012 theater massacre in Colorado that left 12 dead and 70 injured.
“Whenever we hear about these senseless acts of violence it makes us both furious and sad at the same time,” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told reporters.
“There’s no good reason why this type of evil should intrude on the lives of people who are just out for entertainment.”
The shooting also came just hours after President Barack Obama said a “distressing” lack of progress on gun control legislation had been the greatest source of frustration during his time in office.
In an interview with the BBC, Obama said his country was “the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws.”
Police said they have identified the shooter as a 58-year-old white male, but did not release his name.
He opened fire randomly on fellow movie goers about 30 minutes into a showing of “Trainwreck” at the Grand 16 theater in Lafayette, Louisiana witnesses said.
About 100 people reportedly were in the theater when the gunman opened fire with a handgun.
Jindal met with some of the victims at a local hospital and said praised their heroism.
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Source:: PM Newspaper