3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman

Police tape surrounds the scene following a shooting at a movie theater Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (Treylan Arceneaux via AP)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Officials in Lafayette, Louisiana say they’ve had to evacuate the area around the vehicle of the suspected gunman at a movie theater shooting after spotting a suspicious package inside the vehicle.

Police say the man, described only as white and 58 years old, opened fire Thursday evening at the Grande Theatre, where about 100 people were about to watch a movie.

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Police say the gunman killed two people, wounded seven others and then killed himself.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is praising two teachers as heroes for their actions in a Lafayette movie theater where a gunman opened fire.

Jindal says one teacher jumped in front of the other, saving her life. The second teacher, although shot in the leg, then managed to pull a fire alarm.

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