John Russell Houser, the man implicated in Thursday’s shooting at a Louisiana movie theater, once hung a Nazi flag outside his bar. His behavior has been described as “erratic.”
— Mark Devlin (@sparkzilla) July 24, 2015
Houser, 59, allegedly opened fire during a viewing of Trainwreck at The Grand theater in Lafayette, killing two and injuring several others before killing himself after spotting officers in the parking lot, CNN reported.
After his liquor license at his LaGrange, Ga., bar was revoked in 2001 for selling alcohol to minors multiple times, Houser, known at the time as Rusty Houser, had a white banner made for $120 which said “Welcome to LaGrange.” In the center of the banner was the swastika, the La Grange Daily News reported at the time. A local ordinance was written as such that the town could not make Houser remove it for at least four weeks. “The people who used it – the Nazis – they did what they damn well pleased,” Houser told the LaGrange Daily News.
Speaking to NBC News Friday, La Grange Police Chief Louis Dekmar described Houser as a man who was “erratic, angry, short-tempered.”
He was pretty frustrated with the police department and the judicial system generally, and his response was he had a Nazi flag attached to his building. If it wasn’t the size of a sheet, it was pretty close.
Western Journalism reporter Randy DeSoto detailed how Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, met with two teachers, Jena Meaux and Ali Martin, after the shooting:
At a press conference, Jindal said one of the teachers told him that her friend ‘literally jumped over her’ and ‘saved her life.” If her friend hadn’t done so, she believes ‘that bullet…would have hit her in the head.” Instead, she was struck in the leg.
‘Now both teachers ended up getting shot, but that second one, the one whose life was saved, even though she was shot, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives,’ Jindal added.
h/t: NBC News
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