Last night, a man, John Russell Houser (aged 59), opened fire inside the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana during a showing of Trainwreck, killing 2 and wounding 9 before killing himself.
Apparently, according to web postings made by him and assembled by the SPLC, Houser was a fan of “David Duke, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies”:
“Do not mistake yourselves for one minute, the enemy sees all posted on this website. I do not want to discourage the last hope for the best, but you must realize the power of the lone wolf, is the power that come forth in ALL situations,” Houser wrote on a forum dedicated to the New York chapter of Golden Dawn, Greece’s far-right neo-Nazi political party. “Look within yourselves.”
That comment was one of dozens of messages that Houser, 59, left on several Internet message boards, all of which provide a picture of a politically disaffected, angry man who viewed the United States as a “financially failing filth farm,” expressed interest in white power groups, anti-Semitic ideas, the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, as well as a number of conspiracy theories often espoused by the antigovernment right.
But his extremism appears to have gone deeper. In 2005, he registered to attend David Duke’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) Conference in New Orleans, according to a spreadsheet of conference registrations obtained by Hatewatch. He lauded Duke, one of the most recognizable figures of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and now an international spokesman for Holocaust denial. On a PoliticalForum.com, Houser wrote in 2013, “David Duke has been unseen or hear of in years, but at one time appeared exactly what US needed.”
Hit the link to find out more. It is a developing story as more information about Houser is found.
RELATED: It is also three years ago this week that James Holmes shot and killed 12 and injured 70 at a theater in Aurora, Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Coincidence or no?
It is also the most recent mass shooting in the U.S. this month, following the murders of 5 Marines in Chattanooga by an Islamist on July 15.