No Warning as Drifter With Violent Past Opened Fire at Movie

Authorities said Friday that a man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television, the Internet and to anyone else who would listen did not say a word as he opened fire on strangers in a darkened movie theater. John Russell Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience, killing two people and wounding nine with a semi-automatic handgun. Houser then tried to escape by blending into the fleeing crowd after one of his victims pulled a fire alarm and hundreds poured out of the theater complex. But he turned back as police officers approached, reloading and killing himself with a single shot, police said.



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