John Russell Houser, the murderous gunman who killed two young women and injured nine others in a Louisiana theater, called America a “filth farm,” railed against feminists, and was a staple on right-wing talk radio, where he often got a platform to spew his vitriol.
He also had a history of mental illness, including a stay in a psych ward, and an arrest for arson.
Still, he was easily able to purchase the .40 caliber handgun he used to unleash his fury inside a Lafayette, La. cinema during a showing Thursday night of Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck.”
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Houser bought the murder weapon from a pawnshop in his home state of Alabama in 2014, police said. He had been denied a concealed-carry permit seven years earlier because of a domestic violence complaint and the arson bust, Reuters reported.
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He was estranged from his family and had only moved to Lafayette a month early but investigators said he was plotting the attack for awhile.
They found disguises, wigs and sunglasses in his motel room and he had multiple license plates for the blue Lincoln he parked outside one of the exits of Grand Theatre 16.
Police said he acted alone and was intending to speed away but fatally shot himself as cops a approached him during the chaotic scene at the theater.
The exact motive for his rampage is not known but a disturbing portrait of an unhinged man brimming with hate has emerged.