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Child Victim Still Critical; Grandmother Calls Shooting "Preventable"

The seven year old child that was shot at Lakewood Church on Sunday remains in critical condition this morning. The boy's grandmother arrived in Houston last night.

Rabbi Walli Carranza posted on Facebook, calling what happened a completely preventable horror.."

She wrote, "The outpouring of love and support we have received today is overwhelming and as we try to make sense of this completely preventable horror, we want to make three things absolutely clear.

First, although my former daughter-in-law raged against Israel and Jews in a pro Palestinian rant yesterday this has nothing to do with Judaism or Islam. Nothing! But this is what happens when reckless and irresponsible reporting let's people with severe mental illness have an excuse for violence.

Second, no one may ever blame a police officer who carries out his or her rightful duty to save lives even if they are found responsible for shooting my grandson. The fault lies in a child protective services of Montgomery County and Harris County that refused to remove custody from a woman with known mental illness that was not being treated and with the state of Texas for not having strong red flag laws that would have prevented her from owning or possessing a gun. Let it be clear that the second amendment stops where the first amendment right to life begins and it's time to remove from the US Constitution any protection for gun ownership.

Third, my family asks for privacy and at the same time we ask that this be a wake-up call.. my daughter-in-law when she was taking medication for schizophrenia was a very sweet and loving woman. But mental illness is real illness and when family members seek emergency protections they're not doing so for their own sake but for the sake of the person who is ill..... And to protect her child and society."

Yesterday, Houston Police identified the gunman as 36-year-old Genesse Moreno. Moreno has also gone by the name Jeffrey Escalante. Chief Troy Finner would not go into further detail about her background.

Law enforcement also confirmed that the word 'Palestine' was on the shooter's gun, an AR-15. Officials also said that they discovered Anti-Semitic writing during the course of the investigation, which has centered on a home in Conroe.

Moreno has a long history of mental health issues, and despite that, Moreno was able to but the gun used in the shooting legally.

There are also reports that Moreno was here in the US Illegally.

The seven-year-old child that was injured in the shooting remains in critical condition after being shot in the head. The 57-year old man that was hit in the leg has been released from the hospital.

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