(LAFAYETTE, La.) — Two young women from Louisiana who were attending an evening movie died after a gunman opened fire inside a packed auditorium in Lafayette, Louisiana, Thursday night.
The victims were Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette, who died at the hospital, and Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, Louisiana, who died at the Grand 16 Theater, police said Friday. Franklin is about 50 miles southeast of Lafayette.
Nine others were injured, including one who was in critical condition, police said. Two of the nine injured have been released from the hospital.
The gunman tried to flee after the shooting but police forced him back into the theater where he shot himself to death, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said.
The shooting comes one week after James Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
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