A lone gunman killed two people and injured nine before turning his gun on himself Thursday night at a Louisiana theater. The shooting occurred at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette at around 7:30 PM. The shooting occurred almost three years to the day of the Aurora theater shooting that claimed 12 lives.
Police have identified the shooter, but have yet to release his name. Thus far they have only revealed that he is a 59 year old white male. Police also revealed that he used a handgun to carry out the attack. At this time, there is no evidence that the shooter knew any of the victims. A motive is still being sought.
Police found the gunman’s car in the parking lot. A suspicious package was detonated by the bomb squad, but no explosives were found.
Though none of the victim’s have been identified, one of their tale’s has come to light. A teacher jumped in front of a colleague and took a bullet to the leg. Despite the injury, she managed to set off the fire alarm and help clear the theater before more could be shot. Her actions, and those of the first responders, were hailed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
**Update** The shooter has been identified as 59 year old John Russell Houser, whose last known address was in Phoenix City, Alabama.