Theatre shooter known as ‘an an­gry man’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - IN MEMORIAM/WORLD -

LAFAYETTE, LA. — The man who killed two peo­ple and wounded nine oth­ers at a “Train­wreck” show­ing was so men­tally ill and vi­o­lent that years ago, his wife hid his guns and his fam­ily had him hos­pi­tal­ized against his will be­fore ob­tain­ing a court or­der to keep him away, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, which also show his wife filed for di­vorce this year. John Rus­sel Houser, 59, stood up about 20 min­utes into the movie and fired first at two peo­ple sit­ting in front of him, then aimed his hand­gun at oth­ers, fir­ing at least 13 times, po­lice said Fri­day. “They heard a cou­ple of pops and didn’t know what it was,” said Ran­dall Mann, whose 21-year-old daugh­ter, Emily, was sit­ting in the same row as the shooter. She told her fa­ther that she did not hear the shooter say any­thing be­fore open­ing fire. “And then they saw the muz­zle flashes, and that’s when they knew what was go­ing on. She hit the floor im­me­di­ately.” Ran­dall Mann said his daugh­ter and her friend es­caped, un­in­jured but trau­ma­tized.

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