This is so sad — and scary.
We are learning more about John Russel Houser, the man who killed two people and wounded nine others before committing suicide in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater on Thursday night.
Reports are coming in about his history of mental issues, as well as domestic disputes he had with family members over the last several years before perpetrating this heinous act.
Police are currently searching for Houser’s online postings, trying to find out more about the gunman and his political and social views, but here’s what we do know so far: first, Houser had received degrees in both accounting and law, earning his bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University in Georgia in 1984, and a law degree from Faulkner University in Alabama in 1988.
Court documents from 2008 paint a much darker picture of the shooter, though; family members at the time petitioned to have him involuntarily committed because, according to the Associated Press:
“Because he was a danger to himself and others.”
His wife at the time, Kellie Maddox Houser, had asked for a temporary restraining order against him, and court documents that she filed said that Houser:
“…exhibited extreme erratic behavior and has made ominous as well as disturbing statements.”
The gunman allegedly had a history of mental disorders, including possible manic depression, and/or a bi-polar disorder, and because of his erratic behavior and comments, his wife back in 2008 even went so far as to remove weapons from her home, writing in the court filing:
“[She] has become so worried about the defendant’s volatile mental state that she has removed all guns and/or weapons from their marital residence.”
Yikes — it’s terrifying to know just how unstable he may have been, according to very serious documents filed by his own family members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the senseless shooting.
[Image via NBC.]