Daily Archives: July 24, 2015

They’re so common these days

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The movie theater gunman who stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of “Trainwreck” and began firing into the crowd, killing two people, was described as a drifter from Alabama whose escape plan was thwarted by police officers who arrived almost immediately, authorities said Friday. The gunman killed himself.


Nine people were wounded in the attack Thursday night. The gunman, identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser, fired at least 13 times from a handgun, police said. He had parked his car by the theater’s exit door and initially tried to escape by blending into the fleeing crowd, but turned back when he saw police heading inside from the parking lot, authorities said. Officers tailing him back into the theater then heard a single gunshot and found him dead inside, police said.

Yes we’ve seen this picture before. More times than many of us imagine.


Needless to say there’s nothing we can do about it — thanks to An Axiom of the Cinema.

Cue Sondheim