|Genesse Moreno Ivonne
|36 years old
|In The News
|Lakewood active shooter
Genesse Moreno Ivonne, a 36-year-old individual born in 1988, was identified as the Lakewood active shooter who was fatally shot dead by law enforcement officers after allegedly opening fire at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday afternoon.
Moreno had a criminal history dating back to 2005, and previously identified as Jeffery Escalante, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety records search. Prior arrests include failure to stop and give information, assault of a public servant, assault causing bodily injury, forgery, possession of marijuana, theft, evading arrest unlawful carrying weapon.
The motive behind the shooting is unknown.
How did the Shooting unfold?
The sound of gunshots inside the massive church, which was formerly the home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, startled worshippers just before 2 p.m. Sunday, around the time many people were getting ready to later watch the Super Bowl.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner did not identify the suspect at a news conference Sunday while standing near Osteen.
He described the shooter as a woman in her early to mid-30s, saying she entered the church wearing a trenchcoat and backpack and armed with a long rifle, though he did not specify the exact weapon.
Finner said the woman entered the church with the young boy but did not describe their relationship. The woman began shooting and was confronted by two off-duty officers, a Houston police officer and an agent with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, who returned fire.
Finner said the woman told officers after being shot there was a bomb but a search found no explosives.
He and other authorities at the scene praised the officers for taking down the shooter.
Who are the victims
Authorities have not released the identities of anyone involved in the shooting.
It remained unclear how the the young boy, who was taken to a Houston children’s hospital, was struck by gunfire. When asked whether the boy was shot by one of the off-duty officers returning fire on the suspect, Finner said he did not want to speculate but added: “That female, that suspect, put that baby in danger. I’m going to put that blame on her.”
Authorities described the other victim as a man in his 50s who was wounded with an injury to his hip.