Judd Apatow on Theater Shooting: ‘We Need to Find a Way to Do Better’

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Amy Schumer is a lovable hot mess.

Judd Apatow had some emotional, yet powerful words about the Lafayette theater shooting. 

The director issued a statement on Friday (July 24, 2015) following the shooting and death of two women at a screening of his film Trainwreck in Lafayette, LA on Thursday night (July 23, 2015).

He not only offered his condolences to the victims, but also addressed the United States’ problem with violence in general.

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. 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.

Amy Schumer tweeted about the incident hours after the tragic news broke:

The studio behind the comedy also released a statement expressing their sorrow over what occurred. “All of us at Universal Pictures send our heartfelt sympathies to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families in Louisiana.”

According to police, the shooter – who was identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser – fired 13 rounds in the theater, killing two people and injuring nine others. He later took his own life. Police continue to search for motive behind the gunman’s attack.