Three Dead in Louisiana Theater Shooting; No Motive for the Killings Is Known

LBN’s Emily Collins reports that a shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday night has left three people dead, including the gunman, and ten people injured. Russell Houser, 59, of Alabama, was the shooter. Houser opened fire in the theater with a .40 caliber handgun. Houser allegedly tried to flee from the theater, then went back inside and killed himself.

Houser has been characterized as a drifter. Law enforcement authorities do not know of any motive for the shootings. Houser had a profile on a website on which he wrote a host of anti-government, anti-media posts. Evidence of disguises—wigs and glasses—was found at a nearby motel where Houser was staying.

According to witnesses, the comedy “Trainwreck” was playing at the theater, and Houser had bought a ticket for the movie. About twenty minutes into the show, Houser began shooting. Amy Schumer, one of the film’s actors, tweeted, “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana” after hearing of the shooting.

The New York Times reports that Houser, who lived on and off in Phenix City, Alabama from 2005-2014, once applied for and was denied a concealed weapons permit.

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