He killed two and injured at least six others; one remains in a critical condition.
Police have found wigs and other items which appear to indicate Houser planned to launch his deadly attack in the cinema, leave and then escape the county in disguise.
However police responded quickly to the mass shooting which meant Houser was forced back into the movie theatre where he took his own life.
USA Today reports "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke emotionally from the scene, hailing the first responders." I want to praise the law enforcers who ran toward danger," Jindal said. "This is a time for us to come together. What we can do now is pray. We can hug these families, shower them with love, thoughts and prayers." "This is an awful night for Lafayette, an awful night for Louisiana, an awful night for the United States," a sombre Jindal said."
Opinion: Having written on so many shootings in the USA in the few years I have been writing online I wonder how many more will die before the people and politicians of the United States have the stomach for real change.
To those who wonder why this man opened fire is the answer 'because he could'?
There is big money in weapons manufacture and sales but at what price?
To those across the Pond who insist owning a weapon keeps you safe I can only say 'tell that to the many victims'.
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