Police release radio traffic, surveillance of Lafayette theater shooting

Police release radio traffic, surveillance of Lafayette theater shooting

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - Lafayette Police Department officials have released surveillance video from inside the Grand 16 Theater from the day of the deadly shooting. The video shows the moments before a gunman killed two, injured nine and then turned the gun on himself. The shooting devastated a community that is known to be the happiest city in the nation.

John Russell Houser, 58, opened fire during the showing of Trainwreck at a theater in Lafayette on July 23, 2015 just after 7 p.m. There were at least 13 rounds fired inside theater 14. The theater contained around 100 people.

The surveillance video shows Houser purchasing a ticket, walking through the lobby and walking down the hall towards the theater room.

Police say Houser was not in the theater very long when he stood up and started firing, people began rushing towards the exits. The first two people who were shot were sitting directly in front of him inside the theater. LPD has confirmed that the time stamp on the surveillance video is incorrect. The time stamp is 18 minutes and 25 seconds faster than the actual time these images were captured.

Officials say Houser began to leave with the crowd, but turned around when he saw officers were already inside the theater. He turned around and moved against the crowd and then turned the gun on himself.

Police have also released the LPD radio traffic from the time of dispatch until the time Houser is confirmed dead and efforts to provide medical attention to the injured victims begins. The audio may be hard for some to listen to, so please use your personal judgment in determining whether to listen or not.

During the radio traffic, you hear "Everybody hang on! Be advised. They say he's inside, he's in uh number 14. That he is reloading. He has a weapon. We have an active shooter here."

The 911 emergency calls have also been released. These calls were made to 911 Communications district that were dispatched to LPD about the shooting. Officials say there were more than 700 calls made to Lafayette Police between 7:28 p.m. and 10 p.m. Again, the audio may be hard to listen for some, viewer discretion is advised.

The two women killed in the shooting were identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson. Breaux was a radiology student at LSU-Eunice and was scheduled to begin classes this summer. Johnson co-owned a boutique with her husband and was lead singer of the band The Figs.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said Houser obtained the Hi-point 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in February 2014, and obtained it legally from a pawn shop in Phenix, AL.

Houser had been in Lafayette since early July.

He suffered from multiple mental issues and had been committed by his family in 2008, according to court documents. He was involuntarily taken to a hospital in Columbus, GA. His family had petitioned the probate court because he was a danger to himself and others, according to the filing.

Family members have claimed Houser's body and it will be transferred once paperwork is completed. The location of the funeral home will not be released to the public.

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