HOUSTON — The shooter who opened hearth at a Texas megachurch on Sunday earlier than being killed by safety officers had a historical past of psychological sickness and used an AR-style rifle within the assault that additionally critically injured their 7-year-old son, authorities stated Monday.
Genesse Ivonne Moreno was recognized by Houston Police Commander Chris Hassig because the shooter at Lakewood Church throughout a day information convention.
Hassig famous that Moreno, 36, typically used each female and male aliases, however investigators decided by way of interviews and previous police stories that Moreno recognized as feminine.
Hassig and others stated Moreno had a historical past of psychological sickness, together with being positioned underneath emergency detention in 2016, however supplied no extra particulars.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated it remained too quickly to determine a motive for the taking pictures, however officers stated they have been wanting right into a dispute involving Moreno and the household of Moreno’s ex-husband, including that investigators additionally discovered antisemitic writings by the shooter.
Hassig additionally stated Moreno’s rifle had a “Palestine” sticker on the buttstock. He described Moreno as a “lone wolf” who was not appearing as any half of a bigger group.
“We believe (Moreno) acted alone,” Hassig stated.
Police on Monday additionally searched Moreno’s residence in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston.
According to investigators, Moreno and the boy entered the church constructing at 1:55 p.m. after Moreno pointed a gun at an unarmed safety guard and started firing as soon as inside.
The guards contained in the constructing — off-duty Houston police officer Christopher Moreno and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Agent Adrian Herrera — returned hearth and killed Genesse Moreno.
All of the gunfire was in a church hallway and not one of the violence spilled into the primary sanctuary, Hassig stated, describing the confrontation as a “gun battle” that lasted a number of minutes.
“They held their ground in the face of rifle fire at point blank range,” TABC Chairman Kevin Lilly stated. “They were a wall that existed between worshippers and terror.”
Both officers discharged their weapons, however investigators don’t but know if Moreno’s son was by chance shot by certainly one of them, Finner stated. The boy remained in important situation with a gunshot wound to the pinnacle, authorities stated.
Police stated a 57-year-old man who was shot within the hip throughout the taking pictures has been discharged from the hospital.
Lakewood is often attended by 45,000 folks weekly, making it the third-largest megachurch within the U.S., in response to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
Osteen stated the violence might have been worse if the taking pictures had occurred throughout the earlier and bigger late Sunday morning service.