The shooter is identified as Houser, a 59-year-old from Alabama. The two victims are identified as Maci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. Police also say Houser intended to flee the scene in his car, which was parked near an exit. He went back into the theater and killed himself when he saw law enforcement arrive at the scene. Police describe Houser as a drifter. Wigs, glasses and other disguising materials are found in his hotel room. Police say he also switched the license plate on the car he was driving. Alcohol is found in the room, but no drugs.
Schumer tweets support for the victims of the Louisiana theater shootings, which happened during a showing of Trainwreck.
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
Louisiana Gov. Jindal speaks from just outside a Lafayette movie theater after the shooting.
This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States. But we will get through this.
Jindal also says that two of the patrons in the theater were schoolteacher friends, one of whom may have shielded the other from a fatal bullet — and one who likely saved even more lives.
One of the teachers jumped on top of the second teacher in an act of braveness. Both teachers got shot but the second one, the one who got saved, even though she got shot she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm and save other lives
After firing 13 rounds, Houser leaves the theater through a side door and heads toward his car, a 1995 Lincoln. On seeing a police cruiser arrive in the parking lot he reloads his handgun, re-enters the theater and fires three more rounds, then he fatally shoots himself in the head.
Houser kills two people and injures nine others in a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, about 20 minutes into a screening of the movie Trainwreck. One of the victims dies at the scene. A second victim dies at an area hospital. Police recover a .40 caliber handgun at the scene; at least 13 bullets are discharged in all. Witness:
We look to the left and it’s the shooter just standing up just shooting at the whole crowd. He was, like, 6-7 seats down from us. … He just looked like a common guy off the streets, good looking guy, just normal … (with) white hair white facial hair. And said nothing.