A gunman opened fire during ‘Trainwreck’ screening in Lafayette, killing two movie-goers then committing suicide
Gunman John Russel Houser, 59, killed two and injured nine when he opened fire during a 7pm screening of the romantic comedy Trainwreck at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday night.
Houser ‘has a history of mental health issues, i.e., manic depression and/or bi-polar disorder’ according to court documents.
Witnesses say Houser opened fire about 20 minutes into the show, killing the two women sitting in the row in front of him, which have been identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson. He then tried to lose himself in the crowd, injuring nine others before turning the gun on himself committing suicide.
Authorities say Houser was armed with a semi-automatic .40-caliber handgun and had one additional magazine. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said Friday that they found at least 13 shell casings inside the theater. The gunman dropped a magazine in the lobby, reloaded and then returned to the theater room. He fired one shot, killing himself.
The film’s star and writer Amy Schumer said her heart goes out to the victims of this tragic incident.