Genesse Moreno, armed with an AR-15 rifle, entered Joel Osteen's church and began shooting, resulting in her own death and the critical injury of her son.
Why it matters
The incident at one of the largest megachurches in the US, involving a woman with a history of mental illness and a lengthy criminal record, has sparked significant public interest and concern.
What the papers say
The Independent emphasizes Moreno's history of mental illness and criminal record, while The Times focuses on the presence of a 'Palestine' sticker on her gun and the New York Times highlights the presence of a yellow rope that 'appeared to be a detonation cord' for a bomb.
How we got here
The incident occurred at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, involving a woman with a history of mental illness and a lengthy criminal record.
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