This article has been updated with new information following a police press conference

A day after the shooting at Houston’s Lakewood Church, more information is coming to light about the perpetrator.

On Sunday, Genesse Moreno opened fire in the church, shooting a 57-year old man. Her 7-year old son was also shot, though police say it was unclear who fired the shot that hit them. Two off-duty law enforcement officers—one with the Houston Police Department and another with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission—confronted Moreno, ultimately shooting and killing the shooter.

Moreno’s rifle had a sticker with the word “Palestine” on it. 

Now, new reports reveal Moreno identified as transgender, also using the name “Jeffrey Escalante.”

There was initial confusion amid mixed reports whether Moreno was a biological male or female.

This afternoon Houston Police said she was a female who used a male alias. 

Sara Gonzales, the the executive director of Defend Our Kids Texas, said the confusion was a “great reminder that the trans ideology is stupid and nonsensical,” adding that “transgender ideology kills.”

Libs of TikTok, a conservative watchdog account on X, referred to the event as “another act of trans terrorism,” referencing last year’s school shooting in Tennessee by another transgender shooter.

Moreno also had a number of previous arrests, including assault, forgery, marijuana possession, theft, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Following the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting tragic and said that places of worship are sacred.

“I have been in contact with Mayor Whitmire and offered the full support and resources of the State of Texas, including Department of Public Safety officers and Texas Rangers, to help this community and help bring swift justice to the criminal who committed this heinous act,” said Abbott. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens