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The ‘Selfless' Act of 'Heroism’ Displayed by Teacher As Gunman Opened Fire at Lafayette Theater

"Her friend literally..."

Governor Bobby Jindal speaks to the media in front of Johnston Street Java near the Grand Theatre on July 23, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Gov. Bobby Jindal praised the heroic actions of a teacher who he said took a bullet for a colleague after a gunman opened fire at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater Thursday.

Governor Bobby Jindal speaks to the media in front of Johnston Street Java near the Grand Theatre on July 23, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Jindal said that the pair of teachers were "just out to watch a movie during the last few days of summer break" when the 58-year-old white male suspect suddenly started shooting.

"Her friend literally jumped over her and, in her account, actually saved her life," Jindal said. "If she hadn't done that, the fellow teacher got shot, that bullet she believed would have hit her in the head."

[sharequote align="center"]"Her friend literally jumped over her and, in her account, actually saved her life."[/sharequote]

"Now both teachers ended up getting shot, but that second one, the one whose life was saved, even though she was shot, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives," Jindal added.

Governor Bobby Jindal speaks to the media in front of Johnston Street Java near the Grand Theatre on July 23, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Louisiana governor, who asked for Americans to pray for those affected those affected, said he suspected that more stories of bravery would emerge in the coming days.

"I think as we learn more about the details tonight, we're going to hear about other acts of selfless heroism," he said.

Police said that at least three were dead, including the shooter, after a gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Seven more were injured, authorities said.

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