News Update!!: Lafayette, LA: Latest information regarding deadly movie theater shooting.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding the deadly movie theater shooting at the Grand 16 Theatre on Johnston Street in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015.
** As of 7:00am PT on Friday, July 24th, 2015: **
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– The 2 people who were killed during a deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana were identified by authorities on Friday, July 24th, 2015 as 21 year old Mayci Breaux of Franklin, Louisiana and 33 year old Jillian E. Johnson of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Authorities are saying that Mayci Breaux died on scene and Jillian E. Johnson died at hospital.
According to her Facebook page, Mayci Breaux works at coco eros; a women’s clothing store in Lafayette, Louisiana, studied at Louisiana State University at Eunice, Louisiana, attended Hanson Memorial High School in Franklin, Louisiana, and was in a relationship with Matthew Rodriguez.
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A message was posted onto the coco eros Facebook page which reads:
“Nothing ever prepares you for a loss… Much less the loss of such an amazing young woman. We are deeply saddened by this loss. Many of you had come to know and love Mayci and we ask that you pray for her family and friends during this tragic time.”
According to her Facebook page, Jillian E. Johnson attended Hillwood High School in Nashville, Tennessee and was married to her husband named Jason Brown since Thursday, April 9th, 2013.
Jillian E. Johnson was the co-owner of the Red Arrow Workshop which is described as a gift, apparel, accessories and toy shop, and owned the shop with her husband.
** Picture from Jillian Johnson (Jillian E. Johnson) on Facebook: **
A message was posted onto the Red Arrow Workshop Facebook page which reads:
“Our hearts are shattered. We will love you forever. She was a once-in-a-lifetime gal. A mother, daughter, sister and a truly exceptional wife. She was an artist, a musician, an entrepreneur and a true renaissance woman. She was the love of my life and I will miss her always.
Thank you all for your kind words and offers of support. Our family is together now to mourn our loss. We would appreciate privacy during this time but your messages on outlets like this truly mean the world to us.
Our thoughts are with the family of Mayci Breaux. We mourn with you. And finally our thoughts and prayers are with Jillian’s best friend, who was in the theater with her at the time of the shooting. We love you and we’re wishing you the best!
This was a senseless act and, as is the case with all such acts, there is no playbook, no rules on how to cope. We’re trying our best to pull ourselves together. We’re putting one foot in front of the other. Thank you all. If you have a thought or memory you’d love to share, feel free to do so here or Facebook.
Red Arrow will be closed until further notice. Thank you all for your support and understanding.”
Both woman, described as sweet, nice, caring and was loved by many people, were taken away by what many people are calling a crazed gunman who didn’t care about anybody’s lives.
According to Louisiana State Police Department Colonel. Michael Edmonson, “Don’t lose sight of the fact that these two individuals had a vision, had a name, had a future. It wasn’t to die as they did horribly in this theater here.”
At least 9 people are injured during the deadly movie theater shooting and of those 9 people are injured, authorities are saying that 2 people have been released and a person remains in critical condition.
Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal arrived on the scene following the deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana and spoke about the heroic account of 2 teachers inside the movie theater.
“Out of tonight’s tragedy we’re beginning to hear of heroism and self-sacrifice. A couple of teachers were at the movie together; one of the teachers literally jumped on top of the other and may have saved her life. [The teacher] took a bullet that could have hit the second teacher in the head. The second teacher was injured, was shot, she’s one of the ones being discharged tonight. Despite being injured, the second teacher was able to pull a fire alarm and helped to save other lives. When you think about it, two friends together, one jumps in front of a bullet to save her friend’s life, the other one, even though she’s shot, pulls the fire alarm, saves other people’s lives,” said Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal.
Both heroic teachers reportedly survived, by authorities didn’t release their names.
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Authorities also on Friday, July 24th, 2015 identified of the shooter who opened fire inside the movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana as 59 year old John Russell Houser of Phenix, Alabama and was described as a “drifter” who moved to Louisiana recently from Alabama.
Authorities are saying that the John Russell Houser opened fire 20 minutes into the movie theater using his .40-caliber handgun killing 2 woman and injuring 9 people.
According to Lafayette Police Department Chief Jim Craft, the shooter tried to flee the movie theater after the shooting, but authorities forced him back into the movie theater where he shot himself to death.
** As of 8:00pm PT on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015: **
– At least 2 people are dead and the gunman is dead after opening fire at a movie theater at the Grand 16 Theatre on Johnston Street in Lafayette, Louisiana at around 7:30pm CT on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015.
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According to Acadian Ambulance, at least 8 people were injured and are being treated.
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Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal told the media during a news conference, “This is a time for us to come together,” and that, “What we can do now is we can pray.”
Authorities are saying that they know who this man is, but are not releasing the identity of the shooter.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also part of the investigation into this deadly movie theater shooting.
At least 100 people were inside the movie theater watching the movie “Trainwreck” when witnesses say the 58 year old man reportedly stood up and began shooting.
Amy Schumer, star in the movie “Trainwreck”, tweeted on her Twitter page, “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”
ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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