A gunman opened fire at a movie theatre in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before shooting himself, officials said.
The gunman, a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon "numerous times" before shooting himself at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, city police Chief Jim Craft told a news conference.
Craft said police know the gunman's identity but are not releasing it. He said the shooter's body was still inside the theatre and that a coroner was on the scene. 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.
Police officials said that bomb-sniffing dogs had alerted on a backpack inside the theatre and that they had also signaled "suspicious" items inside the suspect's car. A robot was being used to probe the vehicle further.
Investigators also headed to the gunman's home. His body remained inside the theatre several hours later. None of the victims, who were described as ranging in age from teens to early 60s, were immediately identified by authorities.
There were about 100 people in the theatre at the time of the shooting, Sgt. Brooks David of the Louisiana State Police told CNN.
The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7 p.m. CT showing of the movie Trainwreck, The Louisiana Advertiser quoted theatregoer Katie Domingue as saying.
"We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker," Domingue told the newspaper. Domingue said she saw "an older white man" standing up and shooting down into the theatre, but not in her direction.