Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called for prayers for the victims' families in the deadly movie theater shooting in his state Thursday night, NBC News reported.
Three people were killed, including the gunman, and seven injured in the shooting in Lafayette, police said.
"This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States. But we will get through this," Jindal said at a late-night news conference.
Jindal told a local news station that two of the patrons in the theater were schoolteacher friends, one of whom may have shielded the other from a bullet "in an act of braveness," and that the other pulled a fire alarm and helped save other lives.