Jindal temporarily suspends presidential campaign after Lafayette theater shootings

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Jillian Johnson, one of two people slain in a Lafayette movie theater last night. Johnson owned Red Arrow Workshop, a store with branches in Lafayette and New Orleans. This photo was taken from the store's Instagram feed.
  • Jillian Johnson, one of two people slain in a Lafayette movie theater last night. Johnson owned Red Arrow Workshop, a store with branches in Lafayette and New Orleans. This photo was taken from the store's Instagram feed.


The morning after a shooter took the lives of Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux and injured nine others in a Lafayette movie theater, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would temporarily suspend his presidential campaign.

Appearing on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, Jindal said, “We are going to do whatever we can to support our community. This is a time for us to come together.”

Jindal campaign spokeswoman Shannon Dirmann did not immediately respond to an email asking how long the campaign would be suspended.
Johnson, an artist, musician and businesswoman, owned Red Arrow Workshop, a retail shop featuring Louisiana-made goods and specializing in gifts, jewelry and toys. It opened in Lafayette in 2012; a New Orleans location was opened on Magazine Street in September 2014.

She also was a singer and ukelele player for the band The Figs. Writing for Gambit in 2008, Alison Fensterstock said, “The all-woman sextet the Figs looks like a country-time tea party of pretty girls in pretty dresses, but it rocks, Cajun-style, like a roadhouse full of moonshine and buckshot.”

The Independent, Lafayette's weekly paper, memorialized Johnson, and the paper's managing editor, Leslie Turk, covered the shooting for The New York Times.

Breaux, a native of Franklin who graduated from high school in 2012, was a student at Louisiana State University-Eunice.

Christiaan Mader of the Lafayette band Brass Bed posted a tribute track to Johnson of the two singing the Big Star song "Thirteen."



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