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LAFAYETTE - Slowly, things are starting to settle into normalcy almost four days after John Russell Houser opened fire in a movie theater here.

Monday afternoon, the police command center drove away. The large, RV-type vehicle had been parked in the usually crowded parking lot of The Grand movie theater since Houser killed two women and injured nine others inside an auditorium of the theater.

The shooting happened Thursday, shortly after 7 p.m. and about twenty-minutes into the showing of the movie "Trainwreck."

Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, were killed. Funeral services for them were held, separately, Monday.

Outside the theater Monday, a makeshift memorial grew under the sign for the movie theater.

Houser killed himself when he realized police had surrounded his position at the theater Thursday night. This week, police continue to investigate his bizarre past and possibly figure out why Houser selected the Lafayette theater as his target.

Click HERE to read about how to make donations in honor of the theater victims.


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