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At least three people were killed and at least seven wounded when a lone gunman opened fire in a Lafayette movie house Thursday evening.
Lafayette police confirmed shortly before 8 a.m. that law enforcement officers had responded to a call about an active shooter at the Grand 16 Lafayette at 3141 Johnston St.
Chief Jim Craft confirmed at least three people were killed, including the gunman, who died from a self-inflicted wound. He was described by several witnesses as a white, middle-aged male. State Police said the shooter, whose identity was not released late Thursday, was 58 years old.

× The scene in the theater parking lot reflected the mayhem of the evening. News media had been moved off the site and were reporting from in front of a nearby coffee shop, Johnston Street Java. The parking lot itself was filled with emergency vehicles, including a Haz-Mat unit. Authorities also closed down the Grand 14 on Kaliste Saloom in what they said was an exercise in caution. The parking lot was cleared shortly before 10 p.m. there, with four State Police units on the scene.

» At 10:33, KATC reported that police were investigating a bomb threat at Greenbriar Condos on Doucet Road, across the street from the theater. The threat has caused media to be pushed back from the area.

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» Haz-Mat crews are reportedly on the scene of the shooting on Grand Theatre on Johnston Street. Media have been evacuated from the premises.

» Unconfirmed reports indicated that Aries Marine CEO Bo Ramsay and his wife Gerri are among the wounded. Bo Ramsay was reportedly shot in the leg, and his wife grazed by a bullet. Neither injury is reportedly considered life-threatening.

» Gov. Bobby Jindal called for prayers Thursday evening during a press conference.

“The best thing anybody can do right now is to think about them, pray for them, shower them with your love is the most important thing we will get through this,” Jindal said, who was visiting with victims at Lafayette General Thursday night. “We will get through this. We are a resilient community. This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States.”

The deaths and injuries were confirmed by Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft.

Earlier in the evening, Acadian Ambulance Vice President Clay Henry had told The Associated Press that the shooter was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. Victims have been transported to three different hospitals.

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