The victims of a Louisiana theater shooting Thursday were identified by police at a Friday morning news conference as Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. Breaux died on the scene and Johnson died in a hospital some time later. Johnson was from Lafayette and Breaux was from Franklin, about 60 miles north of Lafayette.
The gunman, identified at the news conference as 58-year-old John Russel Houser, shot them and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft described Houser as "kind of a drifter." Houser was from Alabama, but he had been staying in Lafayette since early July at a local hotel. Authorities have found various "disguises, basically," at the hotel room where he'd been staying.
Nine others were injured in the shooting, but their names have not been released.
Victims: 21-year-old Mayci Breaux of Franklin and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson of Lafayette. pic.twitter.com/nAUpwAvFsZ
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Jillian Johnson is known to the Advocate fam. Her husband, Jason Brown, is a former Advocate reporter. She's a musician, @krvsmedia DJ
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