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A movie theater shooting that left three dead is Louisiana’s eighth mass shooting this year

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Police tape surrounds the scene following a shooting at a movie theater Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La
By Josh Horwitz
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A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday night (July 23), killing two and injuring seven.

According to Louisiana’s KLFY, the shooter was a 58-year-old white male whose name has been withheld from the public. Police report the perpetrator has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. None of the victims have been identified, but one of the murdered was female.

Conditions of the injured range from non-critical to life-threatening, according to local police.

The shooting took place around 7:30pm during a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck.

According to KLFY, the theater went into a state of emergency after a teacher who was shot in the leg pulled the fire alarm. Authorities are also investigating a suspicious package that was spotted on the movie theater’s premises.

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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