Lafayette Movie Theater Shooting

Lafayette Movie Theater Shooting

John Russell Houser entered the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana and opened fired on an audience viewing a screening of “Trainwreck”, killing two people and injuring nine before killing himself. Upon investigation it was found that he had a history of mental health problems, but legally purchased the used gun from an Alabama pawn shop. He had been vocal on social media about his anti-government extremist sentiments, and investigators found a journal outlining his scattered thought processes leading up to the event.—(Global Terrorism Database)

Date of event: July 23, 2015


  • 2 fatalities
  • 9 injured

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