We Have An Active Shooter Here: Lafayette Theater 911 Calls and Radio


The urgent call went out across a police radio only minutes after gunfire erupted inside a Lafayette movie theatre: The suspect was inside an auditorium and had reloaded his gun.

“We have an active shooter here,” one officer said, calling for help from others with rifles. “Listen, we need everybody over here. Send anybody you got.”

“Take it easy,” another officer interjected. “Everybody is en route. We’re coming.”

Police radio transmissions released Thursday — a week after the rampage — show that John Russell Houser was dead within four minutes of a dispatcher broadcasting his bare-bones description: white male, white shirt, khaki shorts.

While many of the 911 callers appear to be out of breath, they also seemed remarkably collected as they relayed gruesome details of what the victims were wearing or where on their bodies were shot.

Read more in Times Colonist or watch the ABC report.

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