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A man opened fire inside a movie theater in a Lafayette, Louisiana, multiplex, Thursday night, killing two people and wounding seven others — before taking his own life.

Coming within days of the verdict in the Aurora theater massacre, and its saturation news coverage, there was some speculation whether the shooting was a copycat crime.

“There’s nothing to believe that there was any kind of motive,” said Col. Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police.

The shooter was a 58-year-old white man who was a moviegoer, police said. Authorities have his name but are withholding it as the investigation continues.

“We want to talk to the families first and let them know what happened,” Edmonson said. “We owe them that respect.”

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