UPDATE 8:15a ET: The gunman has been identified as 59-year-old John Houser. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said Houser previously resided in Alabama.

Craft described Houser as "kind of a drifter," calling on the public to contact law enforcement if they knew Mr. Houser.

Craft said Houser arrived in Lafayette in early July and was living at a local motel, which was searched by police this morning.

Wigs, glasses and disguises were discovered in his room, and his vehicle, a blue Lincoln Continental, had a "switched" license plate. 

The car was parked right outside a theater exit door, indicating that Houser intended to escape. Craft said the rapid police response forced him back into the theater, where he shot himself.

Craft said it appears that Houser fired at least 13 rounds from a .40-caliber handgun inside the theater. 

The two deceased victims were a 21-year-old female and a 33-year-old female. Two of the nine injured victims were treated and released from a hospital, while one remains in critical condition.

Below is a photo of Houser: 

UPDATE 11:23p ET: Trace Gallagher reported that the FBI is now on the scene at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La.

UPDATE 11:09p ET: Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft confirmed that three people have died and nine others were injured, including some critically, when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

Craft also confirmed that they know the identity of the shooter, who took his own life, but are not releasing that information at this time.

Craft revealed that the shooter acted alone, and the weapon used was a handgun.

UPDATE 10:59p ET: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at a news conference, saying that this is a time for the community and country to come together.

UPDATE 10:49p ET: Local paper The Daily Advertiser has reported that the death toll has risen to three in the shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

Trace Gallagher reported that police have confirmed the shooter was a 58-year-old white male.

UPDATE 10:31p ET: Trace Gallagher reported that two or three people are dead after a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., including the gunman. He also reported that eight people were injured and taken to a local hospital. At least several of those people are in critical condition.

Instagram user sadoffspring posted video from the chaotic scene in Lafayette.


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Two people are reportedly dead and at least six people have been injured after a shooting occurred at a screening of “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, La.

City Marshal Brian Pope told The Daily Advertiser that the gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre before turning the gun on himself.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tweeted that he is on his way to Lafayette.

The Daily Advertiser reported:

Katie Domingue of Carencro was at the 7 p.m. showing of "Train Wreck" with her fiance', Joshua Doggett. About 20 minutes into the movie, Domingue said, she heard a loud noise.

"We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker," she said.

She saw "an older white man" standing up and shooting down, not in her direction.

"He wasn't saying anything. I didn't hear anybody screaming either," Domingue said.

She heard about six shots, then she and Doggett ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

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