The gunman in the article we published initially about the traffic shooting in Louisiana has been named as 59 year old John Russell Houser. It is claimed that Houser was a drifter who stayed at a nearby motel.
He had a criminal records, but officials state that it was “pretty old”. His motive for the killing remain unclear and it is thought that he did not know any of his victims as he was shooting randomly. Witnesses said Houser fired 13 rounds with a handgun during a Thursday night screening of Trainwreck in Lafayette.
Police also believe that Houser did not intend to take his own life but had not banked on the quick response of the oplice, so was cornered back into the building.
The victims were identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 31-year-old Jillian Johnson.
Colleagues at a clothing store in Lafayette where Ms Breaux worked said: “Nothing ever prepares you for a loss… Much less the loss of such an amazing young woman.”
Ms Johnson’s husband described her as a “once-in-a-lifetime gal” on the Facebook page of the gift shop they ran in the city.
Nine people were taken to a local hospital with injuries ranging from critical to non-life-threatening. One person remains in critical condition.
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