Developing: Louisiana Theater gunman from Phenix City
Update 4:25pm Eastern
WLTZ has learned John Houser had several run-ins with law enforcement.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor held a news conference and confirmed Houser was denied a conceal carry permit in 2006 due to mental health and domestic violence issues.
He was accused of trying to hire a man to set fire to a law office. Charges were not filed because his family agreed to get him mental health counseling. His family also filed protective orders because of his disturbing behavior.
Columbus State University issued a statement, confirming that Houser was a graduate of the university, receiving a degree in accounting in 1988.
Update 1:25pm Eastern
Russell County Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference regarding a gun permit that John Houser was denied and the reason why.
12:05 pm Eastern
PHENIX CITY (WLTZ) – WLTZ has confirmed that the gunman who opened fire in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater Thursday night killing two and injuring nine was 59-year-old John Russel Houser from Phenix City, Alabama.
Houser has a connection to WLTZ. He appeared on the show "Rise and Shine" hosted by Calvin Floyd that was produced here at WLTZ studios in 1993. However, he was never an employee of WLTZ.
Here is what he wrote on his LinkedIn page:
"Guest host one day per week for more than 60 episodes. Invited political controversy on every one of them, and loved every minute of it.
On 13 occasions I was a guest of Doug Kellet on WRCG talk radio. " " " " " !
Unwanted guest and budget cutter at 7 Columbus Water Works board meetings,and 22 Columbus City Council meetings[millions saved and mega-thousands discovered misappropriated]."
WLTZ did some investigating into Houser's background. Houser had no criminal record that we could find. We talked to a former business partner who stated that he seemed a bit unstable.