Lafayette Shooting: Those Who Knew John Houser Say They Aren't Surprised

The end of John Russell Houser’s journey is well known. On Thursday night, he shot several people, killing two and injuring nine, in a Louisiana movie theater. He then killed himself. But his journey – his drift – started here, on the banks of the Chattahoochee river. Houser was never a quiet, friendly sort. People who knew him do not express shock at what he did. He left a trail of behavior so strange – so “nutty”, as one old acquaintance called it – that Thursday’s shooting in Lafayette comes to seem more inevitable than shocking.



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