Gunman kills two, injures 7, at US cinema before shooting himself dead

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A gunman opened fire at a cinema in Louisiana, killing two people and injuring seven others before fatally shooting himself.

Lafayette police chief Jim Craft said the injuries of the seven victims ranged from critical to not life-threatening.

He said the shooter was a 58-year-old man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The authorities have not released his identity.

The shooting happened at the Grand Theatre in the city of Lafayette, said Clay Henry, vice president of operations for Acadian Ambulance.

He said emergency workers were called to the cinema at about 7.30pm local time.

The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7pm showing of the film Train Wreck, according to the Daily Advertiser, which quoted cinema-goer Katie Domingue.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she told the newspaper. She said she saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down into the cinema, but not in her direction.

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

Ms Domingue told the newspaper she heard about six shots before she and her fiancé ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and handbag.

Police said they closed other cinemas in the area as a precaution.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tweeted that he was on his way to Lafayette. “Please say a prayer for the victims at the Grand Theatre and their families,” he posted.

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