Thursday night, Keifer Sanders was sitting inside a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, settling in and hoping to enjoy a movie. Seconds after the preview finished, an alarm sounded, the lights in the theater came on and an announcement instructed theatergoers to "calmly" but "immediately" find the closest exit and leave the building.
He was in the same complex as the shooter who killed two people and injured at least nine others before taking his own life.
Sanders began posting about the experience on his Twitter account shortly after it happened:
Just had a shooting at this movie I'm at in Lafayette. This is insane— Keifer Sanders (@KeiferSanders2) July 24, 2015
MSNBC tracked down Sanders and spoke with him early Friday morning.
He reportedly witnessed one of the victims, "a lady who had been shot in the leg," waiting on paramedics.
In the telephone interview, Sanders also shared a story he was told by a man claiming to be inside the theater where the shooting occurred: "They were sitting there, watching the movie, right whenever it started, it was really quiet, no kind of argument was going on, the guy just stood up and opened fire on the theater." Adding, "He didn't really care if he got out or not, just kinda patiently shooting around."
The experience prompted Sanders to post the following declaration:
Never going to movie theaters again— Keifer Sanders (@KeiferSanders2) July 24, 2015
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