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Police Report: Lafayette theater shooter praised Charleston church shooter in journal

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Houser's hotel room (Source: Lafayette Police Department) Houser's hotel room (Source: Lafayette Police Department)
John Russell Houser (Source: LinkedIn) John Russell Houser (Source: LinkedIn)
A page from Houser's journal on the day of the shooting (Source: Lafayette Police Department) A page from Houser's journal on the day of the shooting (Source: Lafayette Police Department)
Box for gun found in motel room (Source: Lafayette Police Department) Box for gun found in motel room (Source: Lafayette Police Department)
Box for ammo found in motel room (Source: Lafayette Police Department) Box for ammo found in motel room (Source: Lafayette Police Department)
LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) -

The Lafayette Police Department has released a final report, photos and a journal found in the motel where the Lafayette theater shooter was staying.

John Russel Houser killed two and injured nine before he turned the gun on himself in the Grand 16 Theater on July 23, 2015, just after 7 p.m. There were around 100 people in the theater and Houser fired at least 13 rounds.

Houser's journal was found on the bed of his hotel room. He was staying at a Motel 6 in Lafayette. The journal is 40-pages of Houser's thoughts and ramblings.

In the journal, Houser documents his thoughts and what he did in the hours before the mass shooting. He starts out his journal with a list of his "random thoughts" and includes a list of his favorite movies and favorite songs. He discusses the government and the candidates running for president, among other things.

He also wrote about the terrorist group ISIS. He also included page titles "Signs of my Radicalization."

One journal entry states, "Had Dylan Roof reached political maturity he would have seen the word is not (n-word), but liberal. But thank you for the wake up call Dylan."

Dylann Storm Roof is an American suspected of perpetrating the June 17, 2015 Charleston church shooting where nine were killed during a prayer service.

The journal also states Roof is "green but good."

Immediately after the "green but good" comment, he writes "YUSUF very fine." In Islam, the most famous "Yusuf" is the prophet Yusuf in the Quran.

He also writes in a section he calls "The Future."

"There are other ways to communicate besides the phone and the computer. The US cannot afford 100 of me, and I know that many. This means there are at least 1,000 per state. We are not stupid enough to let on to the brain washed..."

He continues with:

"I do not look forward to my own end, but do not trust myself in captivity. It is possible, but not likely, that I could say something that I do not believe. The single thing that has antagonized me the most is the effective censorship. All of this could have been said without the catastrophe about to occur."

He goes on to say:

"Yes, it will be said and said "how senseless" but if my act drains the value of the dollar (because it is not based on anything) by creating new expenses (guards, bullet proof glass, etc. at the movie theaters) it is for good overall. The US is the enemy of good, of God."

Just before 5 p.m. on July 23, the day of the shooting, Houser begins to add a time stamp to each entry. 

In the wrong state of mind it is not what you possess, but what everyone else has. 4:55 p.m. 7/23.

5:23 H. Clinton's statement carried less because of the truth (or awareness of it) exposed by Trump (and I am not his biggest fan)

About to take a shower.

5:44 Fox News "The most challenging task to be faced by the next president is foreign policy" This person is much mistaken.

Fox News 5:53 Rubio gets 21% warmer. Rubio "all the people on the island" How about this island. Too late.

6:14 No matter how perverted the presentation of these notes, or censorship. The contribution is made. There fore I leave it all in hopes of truth, my death all but assured.

6:33 Trainwreck 7:15

6:39 My choice is clear for anyone that is a leader. If you see the truth you know what is to come.

6:47 Ronald Reagan couldn't scare the US (in my opinion)

6:50 But truth can save or destroy it, as it is now becoming clear. Truth is now the enemy of the 2015 U.S.

6:50 p.m. was his last recorded entry in his journal. The movie Trainwreck was scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Click here to read the full journal for yourself. WARNING: Some journal entries may be graphic in nature and may not be suitable for all readers.

The photos of the motel room show disarray and it appears he was in the room for a lengthy amount of time. The final police report states Houser had been staying at the motel since July 3, 2015. Many items were found in the room, including a box for the ammo he used and a box for the gun he used in the shooting. 

The police report shows he had a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.1, which is just above the legal limit of .08. 

The report states a makeshift holster were among multiple items Houser had with him during the shooting.  Investigators stated in the report that Houser visited the theater on Perkins road in Baton Rouge on several different dates due to multiple tips being received. However, neither Houser or his vehicle were seen on surveillance from the theater.


Days after the shooting, Lafayette Police Department 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 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 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. 

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