In a tragic incident at Lakewood Church, a woman identified as Genesse Moreno, 36, opened fire before being fatally shot by security personnel. The shooting took place during a crowded service at the renowned Texas megachurch.
Accompanied by her seven-year-old son, Moreno entered the church wielding an AR-15 rifle and immediately began firing. Her son sustained critical injuries during the shootout, while a 57-year-old man was also wounded.
Authorities revealed that Moreno had written “Palestine” on her rifle and possessed antisemitic writings, suggesting a potential religious motive. Additionally, her history of mental health issues and conflicts with her ex-husband’s family are being investigated.
The off-duty law enforcement officers, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Agent Adrian Herrera and Houston Police Department Officer Christopher Moreno, bravely engaged Moreno in a gun battle, ultimately neutralizing the threat.
Despite Moreno’s claims of possessing explosives, law enforcement found no evidence of such devices. Investigators are still probing the motive behind the attack, with family members citing mental illness as a contributing factor.
Following the incident, Lakewood Church, led by Pastor Joel Osteen, expressed devastation and gratitude for law enforcement’s swift response. The community remains in shock, grappling with the aftermath of this senseless act of violence.
As details continue to emerge, authorities vow to provide transparency throughout the investigation, ensuring that the public is informed of developments as they unfold.