By Trend News Line 2024-02-13 02:38:55.
Tragic Texas Church Shooting Leaves Worshipers in Shock
In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded on Sunday, a Texas megachurch became the site of a horrific shooting. The attacker, identified as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, entered Lakewood Church in Houston armed with an AR-style rifle, intent on causing harm. Tragically, Moreno’s 7-year-old son was also caught in the crossfire and remains in critical condition.
The authorities have revealed that Moreno had a history of mental illness, shedding light on the possible motive behind this senseless act of violence. Houston police Commander Chris Hassig confirmed that Moreno had identified as female in past police reports. Wearing a trench coat and carrying a backpack, Moreno opened fire during a break between services, causing panic and chaos among the churchgoers.
It is important to note that Moreno was not a known member of Lakewood Church, which is led by the renowned pastor Joel Osteen. The shooting occurred in a church hallway, with two off-duty officers, Christopher Moreno and Adrian Herrera, bravely engaging in an exchange of gunfire with the assailant. Both officers displayed immense courage and prevented further harm to the congregation.
During the investigation, authorities discovered antisemitic writings by Moreno, along with a “Palestine” sticker on the rifle’s buttstock. This revelation deepens the complexity of the case and raises questions about the shooter’s motives.
Further scrutiny into Moreno’s background revealed prior arrests and involvement in a divorce and child custody battle. The ex-mother-in-law of Moreno had sought advice from Lakewood’s pastoral staff, although the specific details of this interaction remain unknown.
As the investigation continues, authorities are exploring how Moreno obtained the rifles used in the attack. They have also confirmed that Moreno carried a .22 caliber rifle into the church.
This tragic incident has shaken the faith community, with Lakewood Church regularly attended by 45,000 people each week. Pastor Joel Osteen expressed his gratitude that the shooting did not occur during the larger Sunday morning service, potentially preventing even greater loss of life.
The bravery displayed by the off-duty officers and the quick response from law enforcement prevented further tragedy at Lakewood Church. As the community mourns and grapples with the aftermath of this devastating event, they will lean on their faith and support one another in this time of immense grief.
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– Shooter entered Texas megachurch with young son
– Used AR-style rifle in the attack, police say.