Shooting Incident at Lakewood Church: Unraveling the Events
Identification of the Shooter
In a shocking incident at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, a trans female shooter has been identified as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, 36, previously known as Jeffrey.
Reports indicate that Moreno entered the church with a five-year-old boy just before a Spanish-language service was scheduled to commence.
Details of the Incident
Wearing a trench coat and carrying a backpack with a yellow rope resembling a detonation cord, Moreno entered the church, spraying an unidentified substance on the ground before opening fire.
The child accompanying her was critically injured, with grim survival prospects, while a 57-year-old male bystander was also shot but is expected to recover.
Police Response and Bystander’s Injury
Two off-duty cops, present at the megachurch, quickly engaged Moreno, resulting in her demise.
However, amid the gunfire exchange, a 57-year-old bystander sustained a leg injury.
Authorities are investigating whether the child was struck by the officers during the incident.
Law Enforcement Actions and Investigation
Houston police and the FBI conducted searches at a residence in Conroe, believed to be linked to the shooting.
Chief Troy Finner commended the officers for their swift response, emphasizing that the situation could have been more catastrophic.
Moreno allegedly claimed to have a bomb, although no explosive materials were found.
Joel Osteen’s Reaction and Church Impact
Joel Osteen, though not present at the time of the incident, joined law enforcement at a news conference, expressing devastation over the incident.
The shooting occurred between services, with Osteen acknowledging the potential severity had it happened during the larger 11 am service.
He pledged prayers for the victims, the shooter, and their families, asserting resilience against forces of evil.
Eyewitness Accounts and Evacuation
Eyewitnesses described chaotic scenes as gunshots rang out, prompting terrified congregants to seek safety.
Evacuation procedures were implemented, and a reunification center was established for those seeking their loved ones.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed solidarity with the affected community, emphasizing the sanctity of places of worship.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn