Jindal suspends presidential campaign after shooting
LAFAYETTE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he is suspending his presidential campaign activities in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette.
Jindal made the announcement while appearing on Fox and Friends. He did not say how long he would remain off the campaign trail.
Louisiana State Police said 59-year-old John Russell Houser shot and killed two women and injured nine other people during a 7 p.m. showing of "Trainwreck" Thursday.
Jindal, who has been campaigning in Iowa but was in Louisiana Thursday, asked on Twitter for people to pray for the victims of the shooting. He also met with the families of shooting victims in Lafayette and issued an executive order for flags to fly at half-staff in memory of those killed and injured.
I'm on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
Jindal was polling just over 1 percent with GOP voters when he suspended his campaign.
Friday evening Jindal toured the crime scene with investigators, getting a further update on their findings. The governor also placed a dozen roses at a pillar in the center of the theater.