Universal, Louisiana Theater Owner Respond to ‘Trainwreck’ Shooting, ‘Senseless Tragedy’

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Universal Pictures, the studio behind “Trainwreck,” expressed “heartfelt sympathies” on Friday morning after three people were shot and killed at a movie theater screening of the Amy Schumer comedy in Lafayette, La.

“All of us at Universal Pictures send our heartfelt sympathies to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families in Louisiana,” the studio said in a statement.

The Grand Theatre, a complex owned by Southern Theatres, where the tragedy occurred, also offered condolences on Friday.

“All of us offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and the community of Lafayette,” the Grand Theatre said. “We are grateful to all local officials and to the governor for their efforts.”

Schumer responded to the shooting on Thursday, shortly after police confirmed the three deaths. “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana,” she tweeted.

The American Film Institute also offered “heartfelt sympathies” Thursday night to the victims in Lafayette.

“Going to a summer movie is a celebration of the American creative spirit and one of our nation’s most beloved pastimes,” AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said. “Let us stand together in these times of tragedy and embrace what is precious to us — churches, schools and places where the arts can send our spirits soaring.”

The lone gunman, now identified as 58-year-old John Russell Houser, opened fired during the 7 p.m. screening of “Trainwreck” at the Grand 16 Theater. Houser had plans to escape, according to police, but returned to the theater to shoot himself once he spotted the officers.

Seven others have been hospitalized, three of whom suffered critical injuries.

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