As a child struggles for life in the wake of the Houston megachurch shooting, police attack the identity of the assailant
February 12 (UPI) — Police in Houston have identified a woman who they said opened fire inside Pastor Joel Osteen’s Greater Lakewood Church on Sunday with an AR-15 rifle labeled “Palestine” before off-duty officers shot and killed her.
Her young son is “fighting for his life” after being caught in the crossfire.
Enjoy yvonne moreno, 36, what He shot and killed By two off-duty officers after she entered the church with her at 1:55 p.m 7 year old son They opened fire shortly before the Spanish language mass was scheduled to begin at the church, according to police.
Moreno’s son was shot in the head when officers exchanged gunfire. He is currently “fighting for his life” in critical condition, according to Houston Police Chief Troy Fenner.
Another man who was attending church was shot in the leg and released from the hospital.
Moreno, who was wearing a coat and backpack that was declared to contain a bomb, was killed instantly. Police said they did not find any explosives when they searched her backpack and car.
The officers shot and killed her in self-defense after she pointed her weapon at them, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. search warrant Released on Monday.
Doug Williams, special agent in charge of the FBI in Houston, said the “number of casualties and casualties could have been much higher” had it not been for the “heroic” actions of off-duty officers.
The police did not reveal any information about the identity of the officer who fired the bullet that struck the child. Both officers were placed on administrative duty pending investigation.
“Our community has been devastated by today’s events and is grateful for the quick action taken by law enforcement,” Austin said. In the current situation Sunday. “May God’s healing hand touch the lives of everyone involved and provide comfort during this difficult time.”
While investigators found some anti-Semitic graffiti and found a “Palestine” sticker on the weapon, police said an official motive for Sunday’s shooting had not been determined.
“We believe there was a family dispute between her ex-husband and her ex-husband’s family,” police said, adding that some of her family members are Jewish.
In addition to mental health issues, Moreno had a history of criminal charges that included marijuana possession, assault and illegal possession of a weapon, Houston Homicide Chief Christopher Hassig told reporters Monday.
Investigators say Moreno acted alone. The AR-15 she was carrying was purchased legally. She was also carrying a .22 caliber rifle.
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