Though gun control is a polarizing issue in American politics, the frequency of mass shootings has ensured that it stays in the forefront. In a scene eerily similar to the 2012 shooting which claimed 12 lives in a Colorado movie theater, on Thursday night a gunman opened fire during a screening of “Trainwreck” inside of a Lafayette theater.
Identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser, after attempting to blend in with the terrified crowd he later turned the gun on himself, choosing to end his own life before authorities could intervene. In addition to wounding 10 individuals, he also took the life of two women; identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson, both from Louisiana.
As more details about the shooter become available, so far we know that Houser had a radical past. In 2008 his wife, Kellie Maddox Houser, was granted a protective order after he began displaying erratic behavior.
“Trainwreck” star Amy Schumer shared her condolences tweeting, “My heart is broken, and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”