Judd Apatow on Louisiana Shooting: We "Need to Find a Way to Do Better"

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"My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness," says the 'Trainwreck' director.

Trainwreck director Judd Apatow has released a statement following a deadly shooting during a screening of the film in Louisiana.

"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," Apatow said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me. 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."

Three people died and nine were injured after a gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday. The gunman, identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser, turned a weapon on himself and was among the dead. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting, but said it was not a domestic situation.

Apatow's Trainwreck star Amy Schumer tweeted on Thursday following the shooting, "My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."

Universal, which is distributing the comedy, released a statement earlier Friday expressing sympathy.

"All of us at Universal Pictures send our heartfelt sympathies to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families in Louisiana," the studio said.

Lafayette police described Houser as "kind of a drifter" who had been in the area since early July. He was staying at a local motel, where police found disguises, including glasses and wigs.

 

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