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Boy seriously injured in Texas megachurch shooting is son of suspect in attack, police say

By JUAN LOZANO, ACACIA CORONADO AND JIM VERTUNO

HOUSTON — The young boy who was seriously injured Sunday in a shooting at a Texas megachurch was the shooter’s son, authorities said Monday.

Police identified the shooter as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, 36, and said during a news conference that Moreno had a history of mental illness, including being placed in emergency detention in 2016.

The boy, who authorities described as 7 years old, remained in critical condition Monday with a gunshot wound to the head. He was described as a 5-year-old child on Sunday.

The motive behind the attack that sent worshipers rushing to safety between busy services at the Lakewood church of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen remains unclear.

Moreno was killed after pointing his gun at security guards, authorities said.

In addition to the boy, a man in his 50s was also shot and injured, according to authorities.

Lakewood is regularly attended by 45,000 people per week, making it the third largest megachurch in the United States, according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

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