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Newly released footage shows exchange of gunfire to stop shooter at Joel Osteen's church

Video shows her 7-year-old son covering his ears and hiding in a doorway before following his mother, the shooter.

Published: February 27, 2024 2:39pm

Body camera and surveillance footage released more than two weeks after a shooter entered pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church illustrates the chaos that unfolded after the suspect, Genesse Moreno, brought her son into the church and opened fire.

Video released Monday by the Houston Police Department shows Moreno pulling up to the Houston, Texas, church in an SUV on Feb. 11 and bringing her son, 7-year-old Samuel Moreno, inside. She is seen wearing a black shirt, boots and a trench coat while holding a rifle.

Body camera footage shows parishioners chatting in the church before the first gunshot erupts and people start running. Rapid bursts of gunfire quickly followed as bystanders took cover. 

A security camera video shows Samuel covering his ears and hiding in a doorway before his mother walks into the screen near him. He then reached out his arms to her and when she walked off, he appeared to follow. 

In the footage, Moreno can be heard yelling, "You killed my son," and "I have a bomb." 

Moreno was shot multiple times before she collapsed to the ground and died. Her son has undergone six surgeries and is breathing on his own after being critically injured in the incident, his grandmother Walli Carranza said, according to The Associated Press

Houston police said Moreno's rifle had a "Palestine" sticker on it and investigators uncovered antisemitic writings connected to her, per Texas Public Radio.

"We do believe that there was a familial dispute that has taken place between her ex-husband and ex-husband's family, and some of those individuals are Jewish," Houston Police Department Homicide Division Commander Chris Hassig said. "So we believe that might be where all of this stems from."

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