Shooter at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church used AR-style rifle, court documents say

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Investigation into Lakewood Church shooting


Investigation after shooting at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood church in Houston

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The shooter who opened fire at celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston before being killed by security officers was carrying an AR-style rifle, according to search warrant documents obtained by CBS News. The shooter was identified as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno in an affidavit seeking a search warrant for a home in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston.

A motive for the attack at the Texas megachurch that sent worshippers rushing for safety in between busy services on Sunday remains unclear. A livestream from the church captured the moment gunshots could be heard just ahead of a Spanish-language service.

The search warrant affidavit requested FBI assistance in retrieving any data from electronic devices found in the home.

Authorities have said a 5-year-old boy who entered the church with the shooter and a man in his 50s were injured in the shooting. Authorities said the boy was in critical condition.

Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a shooting Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.
Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a shooting Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

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