Featured Post

Attacks in Russian schools inspired by Columbine massacre

Three separate bloodbaths at Russian schools recently are all linked by the teenage attackers 'worshipping' the perpetrators of...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Louisiana theater shooter on psych drugs


Houser "has a history of mental health issues, i.e. manic depression and/or bi-polar disorder" and had been prescribed medicine, which he sometimes didn't take, family members said in court documents.
A 59-year-old gunman opened fire in a Lafayette, La.,  movie theater Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring nine others before killing himself, police say.
“We’re trying to put the pieces together to figure out why,” said Louisiana State Police Supt. Col. Michael D. Edmonson.
Here’s what we know about John Russell Houser, the shooter:
Houser was a “drifter” who had been living in a motel nearby.
He entered the state around July 2 or July 3, officials said Friday, and had traveled up and down the interstate.
"He was looking for a job," said Louisiana State Police Chief Jim Craft. "He needed money."
Houser doesn’t appear to have any major connections to Lafayette. According to police, he had an uncle who once lived there, but he died 35 years ago. Police said they found disguises, including glasses and wigs, in a search of Houser's motel room.
His wife filed for divorce four months ago
Houser’s wife filed for divorce in March of this year, after more than 31 years of marriage, according to Carroll County, Ga., court documents. She said they’d separated in December 2012 and that their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
According to the filing, Houser’s house in Phenix City, Ala., went into foreclosure after they separated. His wife hadn’t been able to locate him since, she said in court documents.
He was accused of vandalizing a home he lost in foreclosure
According to Sheriff Heath Taylor of Russell County, Ala., Houser was evicted from his house after it went into foreclosure. The person who bought the home after Houser lost it discovered that someone had poured concrete down the plumbing pipes and tampered with the gas pipes.
He had a history of mental illness, according to his family
Houser’s wife, daughter, aunt, and other family members were granted a protective order against him in 2008, according to court documents filed in Carroll County. The order required him to stay at least 100 yards away from them and refrain from calling or contacting family members.
Houser "has a history of mental health issues, i.e. manic depression and/or bi-polar disorder" and had been prescribed medicine, which he sometimes didn't take, family members said in court documents.
His family said he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior" and that they feared for their safety after he made “ominous” and “disturbing” statements expressing his opposition to his daughter’s upcoming wedding. 
He had degrees in accounting and law
Houser graduated from Columbus State University in Georgia in 1988 with a degree in accounting, university officials said.
He also received a law degree from Faulkner University, a private Christian university in Montgomery, Ala., in 1998, officials there said. There were no records indicating he had passed the state bar.
He owned a bar in Georgia until it was shut down for serving alcohol to minors
Houser opened a bar in LaGrange, Ga., around 1998, according to friends and city officials. About two years later, Houser was convicted in a jury trial on three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, according to LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar. He later lost his license and the bar closed sometime in 2000, Dekmar said.
He was once a regular guest on a local morning TV show
In the 1990s, Houser appeared regularly on a show called “Rise and Shine” on WLTZ-TV in Columbus, according to station officials. The host of the show, Calvin Floyd, said Houser often expressed views that prompted outrage from viewers.
Houser was against women’s rights, vehemently opposed to abortion, and anti-gay, Floyd told The Times.
“I had him there because he was controversial. When you’re doing a talk show, you don’t try to get choir boys. You try to get people who will get people angry and to call in. And Rusty would.”
Floyd later stopped inviting Houser to appear after he implied on air that a locally respected official was embezzling money. “I think now I should have been afraid of him,” Floyd said. “He got real angry at me.”
He had previously been denied a concealed carry weapons permit
According to Taylor, the Russell County sheriff, Houser had applied in 2006 for a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The application was denied because Houser had been accused by his wife of domestic violence the previous year and because he had been arrested in connection with an arson case in Columbus, Ga., Taylor said.
According to Taylor, Houser’s wife filed the domestic violence complaint on Oct. 23, 2005, but it was never prosecuted because the complainant didn’t pursue prosecution. According to officials in Muscogee County in Georgia, Houser was accused in 1989 of soliciting a man to burn down the law offices of a local attorney. A grand jury declined to indict Houser, but the court ordered he be mentally evaluated. There's no indication the mental evaluation was completed.
At a news conference Friday afternoon, police said the gun used in the shooting was purchased at a pawn shop in  Phenix City,  Ala., in 2014. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told local officials the purchase was legal.
What we know about John Russell Houser, the Louisiana theater shooter CHRISTINE MAI-DUC JULY 24, 2015
Con una pistola in tasca e con l’intenzione di compiere una strage, un uomo di 59 anni è entrato ieri sera in un cinema di Lafayette, in Louisiana. Una ventina di minuti dopo l’inizio del film, si è alzato in piedi e ha iniziato a sparare: con spietata precisione ha ucciso due persone - due giovani donne - e ne ha ferite altre nove, di cui una in maniera critica, e infine si è suicidato. In tutto ha sparato 13 colpi. Ha anche ricaricato l’arma. 
A quell’ora, circa le sette e mezzo di sera, nel cinema c’erano secondo alcune fonti un centinaio di persone. Si stavano divertendo, ma all’improvviso, dopo gli spari, si è scatenato il panico. In molti hanno iniziato a correre verso l’uscita, urlando. A quel punto l’uomo che ha aperto il fuoco ha tentato di andarsene. Mischiandosi tra gli spettatori ha tentato di raggiungere l’auto che aveva lasciato parcheggiata con le chiavi nel cruscotto, vicino all’ingresso. La polizia stava però già arrivando, e quindi ha cambiato idea. È tornato sui suoi passi, nella sala del cinema, ha rivolto la sua pistola contro sé stesso e ha sparato ancora una volta. Quando poco dopo sono arrivati gli agenti era già morto. 
Il capo della polizia di Lafayette ha poi fatto sapere che si chiamava John Russell, era originario dell’Alabama e aveva vissuto in Georgia. «Era una specie di vagabondo», hanno affermato le autorità locali. Aveva una laurea in legge, ma aveva avuto anche problemi mentali. Sua moglie aveva chiesto alla giustizia nel 2008 un ordine restrittivo nei suoi confronti. Nei documenti legali per quella richiesta, citati dall’Ap, si legge che Houser «ha una storia di problemi mentali» tra cui «manie depressive e/o disturbi bipolari» e per questo sua moglie, Kellie Moddox, «era così preoccupata» che «ha tolto tutte le pistole e/o armi dalla loro casa coniugale». La donna aveva poi chiesto il divorzio lo scorso marzo. 

Ma Houser aveva ancora una pistola, che ha usato ieri. E aveva chiaramente l’intenzione di uccidere. A Lafayette aveva preso alloggio in un motel, dove la polizia ha trovato parrucche e altri trucchi per camuffare la sua immagine. 

Resta però un interrogativo a cui al momento nessuno sa dare una risposta: perché? «Perché è venuto qui? perché ha fatto una cosa del genere?», si è chiesto davanti ai giornalisti il colonnello Michael Edmonson, della polizia della Louisiana, garantendo che gli inquirenti faranno di tutto per arrivare a saperlo. 

Proprio ieri, il presidente Barack Obama aveva peraltro rivelato alla Bbc che il non essere ancora riuscito a far passare in Congresso una legge «di buon senso» per il controllo delle armi, «anche davanti ai ripetuti omicidi di massa», è per lui particolarmente frustrante. Si tratta della questione in cui è stato «più frustrato e ostacolato», ha affermato, sottolineando che «gli americani uccisi dal terrorismo dall’11 settembre 2001 sono meno di cento, quelli uccisi dalla violenza delle armi sono decine di migliaia». 

Vagabondo spara in un cinema della Louisiana poi si uccide 24/07/2015


Ti piace?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...