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(LAFAYETTE, La.) — Newly-released surveillance footage shows the Lafayette movie theater gunman buying a ticket just minutes before he killed two people and wounded nine others in a shooting spree at an auditorium showing Trainwreck last week.

The black-and-white security video released Thursday by authorities shows 59-year-old John Russeull Houser, wearing an untucked short-sleeve shirt and shorts, moments before the shooting.

He can be seen purchasing a ticket, walking through The Grand 16 theater’s lobby and going down a hallway to the auditorium where he opened fire 20 minutes into a screening of Trainwreck.

Houser, who killed himself, is among three people who died, police said.

The other two were Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, Louisiana, who died at the theater, and Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette, who died at the hospital.

Police said it was apparent Houser “was intent on shooting and escaping” because he left his 1995 blue Lincoln Continental parked near the exit.

After he opened fire on movie-goers, Houser exited the theater through a side door, the Lafayette Police Department said. Houser reloaded his weapon just as an officer arrived at the scene. Houser then re-entered the screening room where he fired his gun again and shot himself, police said.

The security video disputes a witness account previously given to ABC News from a woman who described the shooter as “wearing a hat and a big jacket.”

A public information officer for the Lafayette Police Department told ABC News they are aware of the eyewitness’ statement, but that she is wrong because he was found entering, walking and then dead in the same untucked shirt and shorts.

There were 300 people in the building at the time of the shooting, police said, and 25 tickets were sold for the movie where the shooting took place.

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