Police have identified the gunman who opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater last night, killing three people and injuring nine. The 59 year-old man was described as a drifter by police.

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John Russel Houser, a 59-year old drifter from Alabama, who at the time of the shooting he was living in a nearby motel. Houser, who turned the gun on himself after causing mass hysteria, is one of the three dead following the shooting.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said during the press conference that judging by the position of the gunman’s 1995 blue Lincoln Continental he was “intent on shooting and escaping.” That failed however, when police forced him back into the theater and he proceeded to shoot himself. Police also found wigs and glasses inside Houser’s motel room.

21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson were killed when Houser shot off thirteen rounds into the theater. Nine others were injured and sent to the hospital; two have been released and one remains in critical condition.

Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State police said, “Why did he do that? We don’t know that,” he added, “To put a motive on it is something we can’t do right now.”

Source ABC