Police successful Houston, Texas person identified nan shooter who opened occurrence astatine Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church connected Sunday arsenic Genesse Ivonne Moreno, Fox News has confirmed.
Moreno, who has a lengthy criminal grounds and was calved arsenic a man – Jeffrey Escalante – from El Salvador, was killed aft off-duty constabulary officers astatine nan religion responded to nan incident.
A hunt warrant said Moreno pointed an AR-15 astatine nan officers who past fired upon her and killed her successful self-defense.
The connection "Free Palestine" besides was written connected nan firearm utilized successful nan attack, investigators said.
As a man, nan 36-year-old Moreno has a criminal history including convictions for assaulting a constabulary serviceman successful 2009.
Houston's mayor, its constabulary section and different agencies are scheduled to clasp a 2:30 p.m. ET property briefing astir nan shooting.
Members of nan FBI, nan Texas Rangers, nan Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and nan Conroe and Houston Police Departments, were investigating a spot Monday successful Conroe, northbound of Houston, that is believed to beryllium Moreno's residence, according to KPRC.
The shooting happened Sunday day earlier nan Houston megachurch's 2 p.m. Spanish work was group to begin.
Moreno entered nan religion pinch a agelong rifle, wearing a backpack and a trench overgarment and accompanied by a "small child, astir 4 to 5 years old," Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.
After nan shooter opened fire, off-duty officers astatine nan segment "engaged" nan shooter and returned fire. Moreno was pronounced dormant astatine nan scene.
Police said that 2 group were injured – a 57-year-old man and nan kid that nan shooter came with, who remains successful captious information astatine a children’s hospital. The kid reportedly is not expected to survive.
During a property conference, Osteen thanked rule enforcement and said that he was "devastated" by nan shooting.
"We don't understand why each these things happened, but we cognize God's successful control," Osteen said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called nan shooting "tragic."
The motive for nan shooting is unclear.
Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.