Lafayette officials identified the Grand Theater shooter as John Russell Houser from Alabama.
The gunman who opened fire inside a packed movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, Thursday night, was 59-year-old John Russell Houser, police said at a news conference today.
Houser is among three people who died, police said.
Nine others were injured.
Houser is from Phoenix City, Alabama, and has no known connection to Lafayette, police said. Houser was described as a drifter by police, who said he had likely been in Lafayette since early July.
The shooting occurred at the Grand 16 Theater on Johnston Street where a screening of Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” was reportedly playing. Conditions of those injured range from non-life-threatening to critical and their ages ranged from the late teens to their 60s, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference.
The shooting comes one week after James Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
Police said they believed one person had been released from the hospital as of early Friday morning. They also said that one person was in surgery and not doing well.
John Houser has a profile on Linked in.
From his profile he was a business owner and a conservative radio guest.
MORE….. Houser was estranged from his family and had mental health issues.
He applied for gun but did not pass the background check.
Houser also supported Barack Obama.
He wrote this in his Manifesto (why do mass murderers always seem to have a rambling manifesto?)
I accepted this it came to me that the president is doing exactly what Tim McVeigh did,only the president is much more effective.The way I see it,the faster he wrecks this nation, which in no way resembles what it’s founders envisioned,the faster working people with morals may re-assume command.ie I was for his re-election. I like his spending habits.etc……
Obviously, he was not the average tea partier the media is making him out to be.