Immediately after the shooting, the 44-year-old White House aspirant rushed to the scene to lead the post-shooting effort. "Whenever we hear about these senseless acts of violence it makes us both furious and sad at the same time," Jindal told reporters.

"There's no good reason why this type of evil should intrude on the lives of people who are just out for entertainment." The gunman, according to police, was a 58-year old white man who opened fire indiscriminately at fellow movie goers watching the movie 'Trainwreck' at a movie theatre in Louisiana yesterday evening.

Later gunman shot himself, the Lafayette City Police chief Jim Craft told reporters. He died of self-inflicted wounds. At least seven others have been injured in the shootout, some of them with life-threatening wounds, police said.

The police stated they located the shooter's car across the street from the theatre parking lot and out of an 'abundance of caution' called in the bomb squad. "The best thing anybody can do right now is to think about them, pray for them, shower them with your love is the most important thing we will get through this," Jindal added.

"We will get through this. We are a resilient community. This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the US," he cited.

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