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Three Killed, Seven Injured In Movie Theater Shooting In Lafayette

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A “drifter” sat silently in a movie theater for 20 minutes before firing on other patrons in a shooting that was over in matter of seconds, witnesses and police in Louisiana said early Friday.

John Russel Houser, 59, was seated in the theater “just like everybody else” before killing two people and wounding nine others with a handgun, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft told reporters. Houser later took his own life.

The victims were named as Macy Breaux, 21, who died at the scene and Jillian Johnson, 33, who died at the hospital.

The shooter, who is from Phoenix City, Alabama, had been staying in a local Motel 6 in recent weeks. Police said Houser was “estranged” from his family but there was no indication yet what drove him to carry out the killings.

Investigators found wigs, glasses, and disguises in his motel room and his vehicle had a switched license plate on it.

Survivors scrambled for the exits but the Houser left behind “a pretty horrific scene” before shooting himself, Craft added.

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