EMS recordings released from Lafayette theater shooting
LAFAYETTE - Released ambulance audio from Thursday’s deadly Lafayette movie theater shooting shed some light on the uncertainty emergency responders had during the shooting.
Louisiana State Police said 59-year-old John R. Houser of Alabama fired into the crowd at the 7 p.m. showing of "Trainwreck" Thursday. Two women identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux of Franklin and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson of Lafayette died in the shooting, and at least nine others were injured before Houser took his own life.
Acadian Ambulance released the recordings Monday. In them, dispatchers briefed ambulance drivers about the situation unfolding at the theater.
“Need you en route to the Grand Theater on Johnson, got an active shooter over there... Take control of the scene whenever we’re allowed in,” a dispatcher said.
“Is the scene completely safe?” a responder asked.
“They say they’re still securing the inside the building. They said we can handle the one on the outside," the dispatcher responded.
Lafayette Police said there were 300 people inside the Grand when the shooting happened, and that theatergoers as well as employees pulled fire alarms to alert others about the danger. Witnesses in the theaters near where the shooting happened said they thought the sounds they were hearing were part of the film.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said investigators and the community of Lafayette were "trying to make sense out of senseless act" and at the beginning of a long process of grieving and recovery.
Funerals for the two women killed in the shooting are scheduled to take place Monday.