Lakewood Church shooting suspect identified as transgender woman; ‘Free Palestine’ written on gun

Feb 12, 2024 | Political News

Police in Houston, Texas have identified the shooter who opened fire at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church on Sunday as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, Fox News has confirmed.

Moreno, who has a lengthy criminal record and was born as a man – Jeffrey Escalante – from El Salvador, was killed after off-duty police officers at the church responded to the incident. 

A search warrant said Moreno pointed an AR-15 at the officers who then fired upon her and killed her in self-defense.

The message “Free Palestine” also was written on the rifle used in the attack, investigators said.