Authorities are asking for information on the Louisiana movie theater shooter, describing him as a “drifter” whom they have very little information about.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft identified the shooter as 59-year-old John Russel Houser. The gunman, who has resided in Lafayette since early July, had previously lived in Alabama, Craft said.

Craft said that Houser was driving a 1995 Lincoln Continental, which he parked near an exit door. The police chief said that it appears Houser was intent on escaping after the shooting, but that law enforcement’s quick response forced him back into the theater, where he killed himself.

Houser fired at least 13 rounds at theatergoers, killing 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson. Breaux died at the scene, and Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital. Nine other victims were wounded and hospitalized. Two have since been released, but one remains in critical condition.

The gunman was living in a motel room, where police found wigs, glasses and disguises.

Authorities are urging anyone with information on the gunman to contact law enforcement at 337-291-8650.


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