Amy Schumer Reacts to 'Trainwreck' Theater Shooting: 'My Heart is Broken'

by Meredith B. Kile 9:20 PM PDT, July 23, 2015
Playing Amy Schumer Reacts to 'Trainwreck' Theater Shooting: 'My Heart is Broken'

Amy Schumer took to Twitter Thursday night to express her condolences after a gunman opened fire during a screening of her film Trainwreck at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.

"My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana," Schumer tweeted.

director Judd Apatow also reacted to the tragic news. "One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it. So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me," he said in a statement to ET. "My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness. We, as a country, need to find a way to do better."

Universal Pictures, the distributor of the comedy, released a statement to ET as well, saying, "All of us at Universal Pictures send our heartfelt sympathies to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families in Louisiana."

Lafayette police responded to reports of a shooting at the Grand Theater around 7:30 p.m., central time. Lt. Billy Soileau of the Lafayette Police Department said that the shooting occurred during a screening of Trainwreck.

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Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft later confirmed that there were multiple fatalities at the scene, including the shooter, a white male in his 50s.

Police tell ET they have identified the alleged theater shooter as John Russell Houser.

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Law enforcement confirmed that two people were pronounced dead at the scene, one victim and the suspected shooter. Nine people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance and one person transported to an area hospital by a private party. One of the victims transported to a hospital was later pronounced dead.

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Instagram user sadoffspring posted videos of the scene outside the Grand Theater Thursday night.

In addition to Schumer, several other celebrities have tweeted their condolences following the shooting.