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Shooter Opens Fire at Louisiana Movie Theater, Multiple Injuries Reported

An individual opened fire at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater Thursday night leaving multiple people injured, local authorities said.

“Our units responded immediately, they entered the theater to engage the shooter, a number of people have been wounded. … We think the shooter is deceased,” Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft told reporters.

Craft said that the FBI and ATF had joined local authorities to investigate the shooting at the Grand Theatre.

Multiple reports indicated that at least two were dead, including the gunman.

LAFAYETTE, La. (@AP) — Ambulance official: Shooting at Louisiana theater leaves 2 dead, including gunman.

— TheBlazeNOW (@TheBlazeNOW) July 24, 2015

CBS News has confirmed 2 people dead at movie theater in Lafayette La. “Several people injured” and those injuries are life threatening.

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 24, 2015

First responders could be seen taking individuals from the scene out on stretchers.

BREAKING: Multiple people transported via stretcher at the Grand on Johnston Street. Bystanders count at least 7. pic.twitter.com/TJ8T9ASU8W

— Alex Labat (@Alex_Labat) July 24, 2015

According to The Advertiser, citing a city official, six were injured and the shooter was dead.

UPDATE: City Marshal Brian Pope has confirmed that the shooter is dead. Six were injured.

— The Daily Advertiser (@theadvertiser) July 24, 2015

Clay Henry, vice president of Acadian Ambulance, told CNN that they transported nine victims to three area hospitals.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a tweet that he was in communication with law enforcement about the incident. In a follow-up tweet, he added he was headed to the scene.

Prayers for Lafayette at Grand Theater. Talking to state police colonel about shooting in Lafayette.

— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015

I’m on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.

— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015

Witness Katie Domingue said she was with her fiancé at a 7 p.m. showing of “Trainwreck” when she heard a noise.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she told The Advertiser, identifying the shooter as “an older white male.”

“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.

This is a breaking news story. Updates will be added. Last update was at 10:32 p.m. ET.

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