Genesse Ivonne Moreno was identified as the woman who attempted to carry out a massacre with a rifle at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The 36-year-old Genesse was allegedly carrying her rifle when she entered the church and died in a shootout with two police officers.
Authorities from various agencies raided Moreno’s home in Conroe, Texas, seeking evidence to link her to the armed attack. According to Montgomery County records, there is a history of arrests of Genesse Ivonne Moreno, and her place of birth is listed as El Salvador.
The woman also used the name Jeffery Genesse Escalante, according to these records.
At the time of writing this story, authorities have not disclosed Genesse’s motive for attacking the Lakewood Church. The Houston Police Department (HPD) is the agency responsible for investigating the crime perpetrated by the woman, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) collaborating in the investigation.
Genesse Ivonne Moreno was originally from El Salvador and lived in Conroe, Texas. She attempted to enter the Spanish service of the Lakewood Church on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 1:53 PM local time, armed with a rifle and carrying a few backpacks and a child aged between three and five years old. Upon entering the Lakewood Church, she began shooting, prompting two police officers from HPD and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to respond to the sound of gunfire.
HPD and TABC officers, who were employed at the Lakewood Church as security guards, quickly responded to the shooting. Officers from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) also arrived at the scene and, in an effort to prevent additional casualties, they shot the armed woman after a man was injured in the leg.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents arrived at the scene, working together with local law enforcement to secure the area. Worshippers attending the Spanish service were escorted to a nearby gymnasium to be reunited with their families, while authorities examined the crime scene. According to some agents, Moreno had “a pro-Palestine message written on her rifle” following the attack on Israel.
The Houston Fire Department (HFD) paramedics arrived at the Lakewood Church after the shooting. The injured man and the child were transported to a Houston hospital. HPD has yet to determine the relationship between the woman who attempted the irrational attack and the child she was holding, as well as her motive for the attack.
Authorities investigating the attack plan to hold a press conference to provide more details about the incident.