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Published on February 26, 2024
7-Year-Old Lakewood Church Shooting Victim Breathing Solo After Fifth Surgery in HoustonSource: Google Street View

A 7-year-old boy who was shot at Lakewood Church earlier this month has been taken off life-support and is now breathing independently. The child, caught in the crossfire during the shooting, underwent a fifth surgery to address the grave injuries to his brain and may require a sixth. The grandmother, Walli Carranza, updated on social media stating, "The love sent is felt. The prayers are powerful," as reported by FOX 26 Houston

Despite this progression, the aftermath of the violent event leaves the child's future uncertain. Removed during the crossfire, a section of his frontal lobe, which plays a critical role in personality and cognitive functions, has thrown Carranza into a state of concerned speculation about the child's potential for recovery. "People want a happy ending. There is none. Will he be able to have any semblance of a normal life? I have no idea," she expressed in a social media post captured by Houston Chronicle.

On the day of the tragic incident, his mother, 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno, entered the church armed with an AR-15 rifle. Gunfire ensued when off-duty officers from the Houston Police Department and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, working secondary jobs, confronted Moreno. She was fatally shot at the scene, as reported by both FOX 26 Houston and the Houston Chronicle.

Investigations by law enforcement and Child Protective Services are ongoing in the wake of the tragic event that has sparked widespread debate over firearm safety and mental health issues.