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‘Trainwreck’ Shooter Identified as John Russell Houser: He Was a ‘Drifter,’ Police Say

Police find wigs, glasses and disguises in 59-year-old shooter hotel room

Lafayette police identified the shooter in the Louisiana “Trainwreck” shooting Friday as John Russell Houser.

The 58-year-old man opened fire during a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy in  Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday, killing two and wounding nine. Two of the wounded were released from the hospital overnight while one remains in critical condition.

Police said the gunman’s original plan was to carry out the shootings and then escape to his car, which was parked outside an exit door. Quick police response thwarted his plans, however, and Houser shot himself. Overall, he fired at least 13 rounds.

The deceased victims have been identified as two females, 21-year-old Mayci Breaux of Franklin, Louisiana and 33-year-old Lafayette resident Jillian Johnson.

“The quick law enforcement response forced him back into the theatre,” Jim Craft, Lafayette police chief, said at a press conference.

“He’s kind of a drifter,” police said, explaining he previously lived in Alabama but had been in Lafayette since early July, residing in a motel.

Police discovered wigs, glasses, and disguises in his motel room Friday morning. At this point, police have not discovered a motive.

“Why did he come here? Why did he do that? We don’t know that,” Col. Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police said.

Watch video reactions to the Lafayette movie theater shooting below.