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Lafayette releases chilling 911 recordings, officer dashcam video from shooting

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LAFAYETTE- Chilling 911 calls for help from people inside a movie theater when a gunman opened fire last week were released Thursday afternoon.

"He shot right at people," a caller gasping for breath told an emergency operator. The operator asked how many shots the caller heard, who responded "six or seven."

"There's a shooting at Grand 16," another caller screamed into the phone in between cries.

Six recordings were released, varying between 30 seconds and 90 seconds. Most of them capture emotional, scared recordings of callers. Some are having trouble breathing as they report a chaotic shooting scene inside the theater.

Also Thursday, the city released video of the gunman walking through the theater and dashcam video from the cruiser of the first police officer to arrive on the scene.  

The video shows the officer speeding to the theater from another location and arriving as people are exiting from fire escapes. 

"He's in there... he has a handgun," a woman is heard yelling as the officer draws his weapon and approaches the entrance to the theater.  It took about a minute for the officer to arrive at the theater, many suggesting his quick response saved lives.

Earlier this week, ambulance dispatch recordings were released.

A week ago, John Houser opened fire inside a showing of the movie "Trainwreck," killing two people and injuring nine others before killing himself.


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