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Shooter at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood megachurch identified as Genesse Moreno: Updates

Lakewood church shooter used rifle with ‘Palestine’ sticker, police say

The gunman who opened fire inside the Joel Osteen megachurch in Houston on Sunday has been identified as Genesse Moreno, who allegedly fired an assault rifle with the word “Palestine” in it. through, police announced at a news conference Monday.

Moreno, 36, has a lengthy criminal record and goes by several male aliases.

Police said Moreno went to Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, armed with a long rifle and wearing a trench coat and backpack. She was accompanied by her 7-year-old son.

After she began shooting, two off-duty officers returned fire and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The child was caught in an exchange of gunfire and was hit in the head. He is in critical condition.

A 57-year-old man was also shot in the leg. He has been released from the hospital, police said.

During the incident, police said Moreno also threatened to have a bomb. But when police searched his vehicle and backpack, they found no explosives.

Lakewood Church is one of the largest Christian churches in the United States, with a capacity of approximately 16,000 people. Joel Osteen, its senior pastor, is one of the most notable religious leaders in the United States.

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Here’s what we know so far about the Lakewood church shooting

One of America’s largest Christian churches became the scene of a crime when a woman entered armed with a long rifle and opened fire.

The shooter was identified as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, a 36-year-old woman who allegedly fired an assault rifle with the word “Palestine” written on it.

She was killed in an exchange of gunfire with two police officers and her seven-year-old son was seriously injured.

Amélie Neath accounts for what we know so far:

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 11:00 p.m.

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Joel Osteen ‘devastated’ by megachurch shooting

Lakewood Church Senior Pastor Joel Osteen released a statement following Sunday’s shooting.

He encouraged the Church and community to “retain our faith and remember that evil will not prevail.”

“Our community is devastated by today’s events and grateful for the quick actions of law enforcement. May God’s healing hands touch the lives of all involved and bring comfort during this difficult time.

In the face of such darkness, we must keep our faith and remember that evil will not prevail. God will guide us through the darkest times. Together, we will overcome this tragedy and remain steadfast in our commitment to love and support one another.

In times like these, our faith is tested, but it is also strengthened. We don’t always understand why such things happen, but we know that God is in control.

Please join me in continued prayer for healing and peace.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 10:00 p.m.

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Lakewood church shooter named ‘lone wolf’ Genesse Moreno

The shooter who opened fire inside Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston has now been identified by police as Genesse Ivonne Moreno – a 36-year-old “lone wolf” who allegedly took her own son to the ‘church before launching into the shooting using aggression. rifle style with the word “Palestine” on it.

Law enforcement held a news conference Monday, a day after Moreno allegedly entered the megachurch with her seven-year-old son and opened fire with a rifle.

Although the motive for the shooting remains unclear, investigators said Moreno had a sticker reading “Palestine” on the butt of the rifle.

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The motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.

The motive for Sunday’s shooting at a Houston megachurch has not yet been determined, but police have revealed some anti-Semitic writings found in their possession.

“We believe there was a domestic dispute between her ex-husband and her ex-husband’s family,” police said, adding that some are Jewish.

Authorities revealed that Moreno owned an AR15 with a “Palestine” sticker.

Another weapon, a .22 rifle, was also found.

Authorities also discovered anti-Semitic writings, but no further details were given.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 8:27 p.m.

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Two off-duty police officers “held their ground” in the face of a rifle

The two off-duty police officers who arrested the shooter were hailed as heroes at a news conference following Sunday’s shooting.

“What happened yesterday was the personification of heroism and courage,” he said, adding that the two off-duty officers “held their ground” in the face of a rifle pointed at them “at point blank range.” ” said Kevin Lilly, President of the TABC. , said.

“They constituted a wall that existed between the faithful and terror. Between freedom of religion and murder,” he said.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 8:23 p.m.

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The shooter had an AR15 with a “Palestine” sticker

Authorities revealed that Moreno owned an AR15 with a “Palestine” sticker.

Another weapon, a .22 rifle, was also found.

Authorities also discovered anti-Semitic writings, but no further details were given.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 8:11 p.m.

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Shooter is biological mother of boy shot

Houston police confirmed the shooter was the biological mother of the boy injured in Sunday’s church shooting.

He is in critical condition in hospital.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 8:05 p.m.

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Police identify shooter as Genesse Ivonne Moreno

Law enforcement identified the shooter as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, 36, who previously used other aliases.

“We would like to emphasize that she acted alone,” he said.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 7:55 p.m.

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Police release new details about shooting

Christopher Hassig of the Houston Police Department provides new details about the shooting.

She got out of a white vehicle, took her 7-year-old child with her, and confronted a security guard who made her enter the west side of the building.

She immediately begins shooting into the hallway outside the sanctuary.

Two police officers returned fire.

The child falls to the ground. A gunshot wound.

She is declared dead.

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 7:53 p.m.

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FBI agent calls off-duty officers who arrested shooter heroic

FBI Special Agent Doug Williams called the actions of two off-duty police officers heroic after killing the shooter and limiting the number of casualties.

“We are extremely grateful to them,” he said.

“Without them, the number of victims would be even higher. »

Andrea CavallierFebruary 12, 2024 7:47 p.m.

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