Amy Schumer’s Heart Breaks Over Lafayette ‘Trainwreck’ Movie Shooting
A gunman opened fire at a Louisiana movie theater during a showing of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, killing two people and wounding nine.
John Russell Houser, a 58-year-old assailant equipped with a handgun, began his attack 20 minutes into the film on an audience ranging from moviegoers in their late teens to those in their 60’s. When Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft and his officers arrived to the Grand Theatre 16 within the first minute of his attack, Houser committed suicide.
Chief administrative officer Dee Stanley told MSNBC TV that the wounded victims were in “very critical condition with life threatening injuries”.
Investigators are calling the gunman a “drifter” who was seated in the theater by himself “just like everybody else”. NBC reports that Houser had been staying in a Motel 6 in recent weeks which housed his many wigs, glasses, and disguises. The license plate on his vehicle was switched, leading police to believe that Houser intended to flee the scene.
Witnesses are sharing a story of heroism between Jena Meaux and Ali Martin, two teachers in attendance of the film.
Meaux threw herself on top of Martin to shield her friend from the bullet. After the gunman passed, Martin ran to pull the fire alarm at the edge of the auditorium to alert and evacuate the rest of the movie theater. Meaux survived, but remains hospitalized with the eight other wounded victims. A GoFundMe account has been set up to pay the medical bills of the two teachers who are being credited for saving the lives of others. Click here for more information on how to donate.
The writer of Trainwreck, comedienne Amy Schumer, tweeted her condolences late Thursday night:
The movie’s producer Judd Apatow and fellow cast members such as Bill Hader and Lebron James have yet to comment. We will continue to update the story as more information and statements become available.