Lafayette Gunman Had History of Mental Illness and Erratic Behavior

According to court documents the Lafayette gunman who killed two people Thursday at a movie theater, suffered from mental illness.
In the 2008 documents, numerous examples from his family provide a litany of violent and erratic behavior.
Eventually the family sought legal help in handling John Russel Houser.
A judge granted the family a petition to involuntarily commit him to a mental hospital.
The judge cited he was a danger to himself and others.
When he was discharged the family obtained a protective order against him.
The documents stated he suffered from manic depression and bi-polar disorder.
Police stated Friday that the 59-year-old fired at least 13 times in the movie theater killing two and wounding nine others before shooting himself.



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