Incident Summary:

07/23/2015: An assailant opened fire on the audience before killing himself at a screening of the movie Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana, United States. At least three people, including the assailant, were killed and nine other people were injured in the assault. An individual, identified as John Russell Houser, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the attack with the intention that it would harm the United States (US) economy.

GTD ID:
201507230080

When:
2015-07-23

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Louisiana

City:
Lafayette

Location Details:
The incident occurred on Johnston Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Grand Theatre
Specific Description Movie Theatre
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .40-caliber handgun was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Government extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 9
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Louisiana Theater Shooter Praised Hitler and Westboro Baptist Church," Bayou Buzz, July 24, 2015."
"Lafayette Police release more documents surrounding Grand Theatre shooting, including shooter's journal," KATC ABC 3, January 13, 2016."
"Lafayette shooter had history of right-wing web postings, erratic behavior," CNN.com, September 15, 2015."