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It's not yet clear why a gunman opened fire on Thursday in a Louisiana movie theater, killing two before committing suicide, but the online footprint of the alleged shooter leave a few clues about the man's potential views.
Police on Friday identified the shooter as John Russel Houser, a 59-year-old white man from Phenix City, Ala. Police described Houser as a "drifter" who had been staying at a Motel 6 in Lafayette since early July.
Police have not yet found a motive for the shooting and have not given any indication that Houser carried out the shooting due to political beliefs, but online profiles that appear linked to Houser reveal a man who may have held racist and extreme beliefs.
Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson told reporters on Friday that police were aware of online messages that many have been posted by Houser and were working to "put those pieces together." But Edmonson also noted that, "just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true."
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said that police were "being very cautious with social media" as they try to sort fact from fiction.
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