The Houston Police Department gave a briefing on Monday and revealed that they conducted an investigation to determine the preferred pronouns of the Lakewood Church shooter. The shooter, Gennese Moreno, used previous aliases including Jeffrey, but it has been determined that Moreno was female, per police.
“There are some discrepancies,” said Commander Hassig during the briefing. “We do have reports she used multiple aliases including Jeffrey Escalante, she has utilized both male and female names, but through all of our investigation to this point, talking with individuals, interviews, documents, Houston Police Department reports she had been identified this entire time as female, ‘she/her,' and so we are identifying her as Gennese Moreno, Hispanic female.”
Arrest records indicated that Moreno used multiple names, both male and female, and there was speculation that Moreno's identity and identifiers may have been transgender.
Houston Police also said Moreno had a history of mental health issues. They said that there was “anti-semitic writing” found among her things, which they speculated has to do with a dispute with her ex-husband's family.
Moreno entered Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church on Sunday with a 5-year-old child. Moreno brought a long-rifle emblazoned with the words “Free Palestine.” Two off-duty police officers at the church shot and killed Moreno. The child was shot and taken to a local hospital in critical condition and is unlikely to survive their injuries.
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