Trainwreck director Judd Apatow issued a statement this morning about the mass shooting at a screening of his film Thursday night in Lafayette, LA. “One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it,” he said. “So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me. My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness. We, as a country, need to find a way to do better.”
A 59-year-old gunman shot several people in the theater with a handgun before killing himself. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft confirmed that two other people are dead, and authorities said three people remain in critical condition. There were about 100 people in the theater and a total of nine were hit.
The gunman fired at least 13 rounds, Craft said at a news conference this morning. “It appears he was intent on shooting and escaping,” he said. “The quick law enforcement response pushed him back into the theater.” He said the ages of the victims “range from the late teens to probably into the 60s.”