Shooter down at pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, authorities saydfwnewsa | February 11, 2024 | 0 | Texas News
UPDATE – Houston leaders have provided more information on the shooting that happened Sunday afternoon at Lakewood church.
The alleged shooter has died following response from off-duty officers working as church security, according to Houston Police
A five-year-old child and a man in his 50’s were also injured in this shooting. The child is in critical condition. The man was shot in the leg.
A woman in her 30’s entered Lakewood Church, armed with a long rifle, dressed in a trench coat, according to Troy Finner, Houston’s police chief. Officials said the woman had a child with her and she began to open fire upon entering the building. She also threatened to have a bomb.
A press conference was held including Houston’s mayor, Joel Osteen and members of local law enforcement.
Osteen said that he is “devastated” and that he doesn’t understand why these type of things happen.
By Raja Razek, CNN
The reported shooting was at 3700 Southwest Freeway, according to police.
“This is an on-going, active scene. Please avoid the area. Additional information will be provided as it is available,” police said.
Lakewood Church – a megachurch about 6 miles from downtown Houston – confirmed reports of “shots fired,” saying on X, “There is an active situation involving shots fired at Lakewood. Law enforcement is on the scene. That is all the information we have at this time. Please pray for Lakewood and our community.”
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez also posted about the incident, saying the possible shooter appeared to be down. He had earlier said a Harris County sheriff’s deputy had fired the shot, but later clarified that did not appear to be the case, saying “other agencies fired.”
A Lakewood parishioner at the scene told CNN affiliate KPRC he was inside the church waiting for the Spanish language service to start when he heard multiple shots fired. The man was then instructed by a church usher to run, he told KPRC. The service was slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET, according to the church website.
CNN has reached out to Houston police and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for more information.
Lakewood Church, now located in what used to be a sports arena, was founded by Osteen’s father in the 1950s.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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