Autopsy results released for shooter, victims in Lafayette theater shooting

Autopsy results released for shooter, victims in Lafayette theater shooting
John Russell Houser (Source: LinkedIn)
Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson (Source: Facebook)
Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson (Source: Facebook)

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - The body of John Russell Houser has been claimed by family members and the results of the preliminary autopsy results for him and the two women who were killed in the theater shooting on July 23, 2015 have been released.

John Russell Houser, 58, opened fire during the showing of Trainwreck at a theater in Lafayette, killing two and wounding nine others. He then shot himself.

The coroner says Houser died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head via the mouth. Toxicology tests are still pending. The results should take about two to three weeks.

Deputies with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office say Houser's body will be transferred once the paperwork is completed. Officials are not releasing the location of the funeral home where Houser's body is being transferred.

Houser fired at least 13 rounds before killing himself. Two women were killed in the shooting.

Mayci Breaux, 21, was a radiology student at LSU-Eunice and scheduled to begin classes at a hospital next week. Jillian Johnson, 33, co-owned a boutique with her husband and was lead singer of the band The Figs.

The coroner says Breaux was shot once and Johnson was shot two times. Responders found Breaux dead at the scene. Johnson died from her injuries at a hospital.

Nine others were wounded during the shooting.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said Houser obtained the Hi-point 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in February 2014, and obtained it legally from a pawn shop in Phenix, AL.

Houser had been in Lafayette since early July.

He suffered from multiple mental issues and had been committed by his family in 2008, according to court documents. He was involuntarily taken to a hospital in Columbus, GA. His family had petitioned the probate court because he was a danger to himself and others, according to the filing.

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