[UPDATED: WOMAN IDENTIFIED, ALSO TRANS] – Woman dead after opening fire in Joel Osteen’s church yesterday

A woman is dead after opening fire in Joel Osteen’s Houston church yesterday. She was killed by two off-duty police officers after she walked into the church and began shooting.

According to reports, she came in the church wearing a trenchcoat and a backpack and had a 5-year-old boy with her. She is said to have had a ‘long gun’.

A 57-year-old man was shot in the leg and the 5-year-old child is in critical condition after being shot as well.

Here’s more from ABC News:

A woman opened fire with a long gun inside celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Texas on Sunday afternoon before being shot and killed by off-duty police officers, authorities said.

The armed woman, who was between the ages of 30 and 35 years old, entered the Lakewood Church in Houston just before 2 p.m. local time alongside a 5-year-old boy, who was critically wounded in the shootout with police. A 57-year-old man, who is not believed to be involved in the incident, was also shot but is in stable condition, according to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner.

The suspect was gunned down by two off-duty officers who were working security at the church. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Finner said.

The injured child is hospitalized in critical condition, according to Finner.

When asked if the responding officers shot the child, the police chief told reporters he didn’t know. He added, “If it was, unfortunately, and that female, that suspect, put that baby in danger, I’m gonna put that blame on her.”

The suspect claimed to have a bomb, but no explosives were found by police, according to Finner.

“She had a long gun and it could’ve been a lot worse,” Finner said during a press conference on Sunday.

The shooting unfolded shortly before the church’s 2 p.m. Spanish language service was set to begin. Osteen’s Lakewood Church is one of the largest megachurches in the United States.

“I can only imagine what would have happened if this happened during the 11:00 service,” Osteen said. “She could have done much worse damage.”

So far we still don’t know anything about the woman who did this, but we do know something about the gun. According to this report, the gun had ‘free Palestine’ written on it:

“The shooter used an AR-15 that had “Free Palestine” written on it, according to a federal law enforcement source. Investigators are trying to sort out whether she was politically motivated or a disturbed individual, the source said.”


“She was also spraying “some type of substance on the ground,” Finner said, but he did not share further details. Peña said fire authorities were on scene and were going to “take our time to ensure that any issue, any risk that we see is properly vetted.””


The woman has been identified as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno:

It’s also being reported that Genesse identifies as a man named ‘Jeffrey’. This via End Wokeness:

Lakewood Church shooter has been identified as Genesse Moreno and identified as “Jeffrey”

Here’s more from Libs of TikTok:

UPDATE: Libs changed this tweet to reflect the pronoun ‘he’. Honestly I’m not sure if it’s a biological male or female.

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