Lafayette theater where deadly shooting happened set to reopen

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - The Lafayette movie theater where a deadly shooting happened over the summer is reopening.

The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette will open its doors Thursday night for the first time in nearly four months.

On July 23 around 7 p.m., John Russell Houser, 58, opened fire in the theater killing two and injuring nine others. The two women killed in the shooting were identified as Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33.

There will be a reception for police and first responders Thursday at the Mellow Mushroom near the theatre at 5 p.m. before a ceremony at the theater to remember the victims and first responders at 6:20 p.m.

The first movie shown in the reopened theater will be the final installment of the Hunger Games series. It will start at 7 p.m.

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