The victims of a Thursday night shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, were identified by police at a Friday morning press conference as Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33.
Breaux was a student at Louisiana State University, according to her Facebook page. Her friends and family spoke out on social media to thank people for their support. One woman tweeted a photo of her, saying, "missing my sweet Mayci Breaux so much already."
Those who knew Johnson also expressed their grief on social media. Johnson was the co-owner of Red Arrow Workshop, a gift boutique she ran with her husband, Jason Brown, in Lafayette, according to a LinkedIn profile that appeared to belong to her.
Johnson was a “once-in-a-lifetime gal,” her husband wrote in a message posted on the Red Arrow Workshop Facebook page Friday morning. “She was the love of my life and I will miss her always,” he wrote.
Nine others were injured in the incident.
The gunman, identified at the press conference as 59-year-old John Russel Houser, shot them and then turned the gun on himself. A witness said the shooting began when an “older white man” stood up and opened fire about 20 minutes into the 7 p.m. showing of the comedy “Trainwreck” at Lafayette’s Grand 16 Theatre.
The gunman was described by police as a "drifter" who was living in a motel. Police said they found wigs and disguises when they searched his room.
This post has been updated with more information on Breaux and Johnson.