LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (MEDIA GENERAL) – The star of “Trainwreck,” Amy Schumer and one of her fellow actors, Dave Attell, took to Twitter to express their condolences after a man shot and killed two people and injured several others Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana. The movie-goers were seeing “Trainwreck” when the shooting started.
The gunman was described as a drifter from Alabama whose escape plan was thwarted by police officers who arrived almost immediately, authorities said Friday. The gunman killed himself. Nine people were wounded in the attack Thursday night.
The gunman, identified as 59-year-old John Russel Houser, fired 13 times from a handgun, police said.
He had parked his car by the theater’s exit door and initially tried to escape by blending into the fleeing crowd, but turned back when he saw police heading inside from the parking lot, authorities said. Officers tailing him back into the theater then heard a single gunshot and found him dead inside, police said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story