Country Artists Send Prayers, Speak Out After Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting
Tragedy struck at the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, La., on Thursday night (July 23), when a gunman opened fire during a showing of Amy Schumer's new movie Trainwreck.
KPEL-FM reports that nine people were injured and three, including the shooter, were killed during the incident. The victims range in age from late teens to late 60s; at least two have been released, and at least one remains in critical condition.
The alleged shooter is 59-year-old John Russell Houser, an Alabama man whom Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft describes as a drifter, who was staying at a Lafayette motel.
“His criminal past is very aged,” Craft says.
Craft adds that the suspect reportedly worked alone.
“Why would a guy come into a theater and randomly start shooting people?” Craft asks. “He is deceased. So, we may never know.”
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