Two women killed in Louisiana theater shooting, police say

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(CNN) — The two people killed Thursday in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater were women — Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said Friday.

Of the nine people injured, one is in critical condition, and two have been released, he said.

One woman died at the scene, and another died at a hospital, authorities said.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that these two individuals had a vision, had a name, had a future,” said Col. Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police. “It wasn’t to die as they did horribly in this theater here.”

John R. Houser, 59, was the gunman in Thursday’s shooting, Craft said.

Houser was formerly of Alabama, and was “kind of a drifter” who is believed to have been in Lafayette since early July. He had been staying at a local hotel, Craft said.