A gunman in a crowded showing of the movie Train Wreck opened fire on the innocent Lafayette audience before turning the gun on himself. The local, state, and FBI presence was on the scene quickly, and were seen rushing into the theater even as shots were heard coming from the gunman. The killer waited until twenty minutes into the movie to begin opening fire on the people watching the film.
When the gunman opened fire and began shooting, people at first assumed it was part of the movie. Then when the light flashes from the gun were seen, the room turned deadly. The shooter killed two people and injured at least nine others including Kenneth Griffin before he took his own life. The authorities were still investigating the incident into the early morning hours to see if this was a single shooter or if others were involved. Although a package was discovered inside the shooters vehicle, it was not a bomb and no further threat was present to people in the area.
People that were interviewed after the horrific shooting remind the news reporters that this appears to be a copycat situation. Only recently another gunman sat in a crowded movie theater and waited twenty minutes before opening fire on the crowd. Those interviewed expressed concern with how easy it is to acquire guns in this country compared to other parts of the world. Yes crime can happen anywhere, but it appears the rise in people getting guns and committing these crimes are escalating.