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Country Stars React to Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting

Country stars were shocked by news of another tragic movie theater shooting.

The tragedy happened at Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, La. on Thursday (July 23), when a gunman opened fire during a showing of the film Trainwreck. According to KPEL-FM, three people, including the shooter, were killed and nine were injured during the attack.

Police say the alleged shooter was 59-year-old John Russell Houser, a man they call a “drifter” who was staying at nearby Lafayette hotel. He acted alone.

“Why would a guy come into a theater and randomly start shooting people?” Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft asked during a press conference. “He is deceased. So, we may never know.”

As news broke of the senseless shooting, country artists shared their shock and condolences to those touched by the incident. Hunter Hayes, who is originally from the Lafayette area, shared his grief over the crime that hit far too close to home. “My heart is broken for my home community in Louisiana. Such a tragedy,” Hayes wrote on his Twitter page. “Sending all the prayers and love to everyone back home!”

Scroll through the slideshow above to see more reactions, condolences and words of support from some of your favorite country artists.

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Country Stars React to Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting