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Jindal suspends campaign after La. shooting

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has suspended his presidential campaign and will stay in Louisiana as the state deals with the aftermath of Thursday night’s tragic movie theater shooting.

“We are going to do whatever we can to support our community; this is a time for us to come together,” Jindal said Friday morning on “Fox and Friends,” where he confirmed his campaign’s suspension.

{mosads}”It was an awful, awful night for our community.”

The presidential hopeful did not expand on how long his campaign will be suspended, and his campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

“This could have happened anywhere, and one of the things you hear over and over is why here. You never want this to happen anywhere but you would never imagine it would happen in Louisiana,” he said. He added that he’s heard “amazing stories of heroism” from law enforcement who ran into the theater to confront the shooter.

Jindal spoke from the movie theater where a 59-year-old man opened fire Thursday evening, killing two people and eventually himself. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft referred to the shooter, John Russel Houser, as a “drifter” with a criminal record.

Police have not yet ascribed a motive to the shooting, which came just days after the third anniversary of a theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed. The Aurora shooter, James Holmes, was found guilty this week and is eligible for the death penalty.

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