The incident marks the eighth mass shooting to take place in Louisiana in 2015, according to Shooting Tracker, a crowd-sourced wiki. Governer Bobby Jindal arrived at the scene and expressed his condolences and support for the community and local authorities.

Jindal has an A+ rating from US gun lobby the National Rifle Association, and has passed at least seven pieces of gun-related legislation since 2013, including a law last year that lets gun owners carry concealed firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.

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