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U.S: Gunman opens fire at cinema killing one person and self in Louisiana


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At least two people were killed and several others injured after a gunman  opened fire at a cinema in the US state of Louisiana, officials said according to BBC. The gunman, a 58-year-old white male armed with reportedly turned the gun on himself and died on spot

Witnesses said the man opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of a film at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Police chief Jim Craft reportedly  said officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 19:30 local time (01:30 GMT).

BBC cited local ambulance service as saying  two people were dead on arrival. One of them was the gunman, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot. Mr Craft said seven other people were taken to a local hospital with injuries ranging from critical to non-life threatening.

The identity of the gunman is known to police, Mr Craft added, but it is not being released at this time. Hours earlier, US President Barack Obama told the BBC that gun-law reform had been his "greatest frustration".