Breaking News: Shooting at Joel Osteen-Lakewood Church

Breaking News: Reported Shooting at Lakewood Church in Houston

Houston, Texas – Authorities are responding to a reported shooting at Lakewood Church, the renowned megachurch led by pastor Joel Osteen, located at 3700 Southwest Freeway. The Houston Police Department confirmed the incident, urging caution in a post on Sunday.

Reports indicate that shots were fired inside the church premises, prompting a swift response from law enforcement. Lakewood Church also acknowledged the situation, confirming the presence of an active shooter. In a statement, the church appealed for prayers for both Lakewood and the surrounding community.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez provided updates, initially suggesting that a deputy may have been involved in the altercation. However, he later clarified that it appeared other agencies were responsible for discharging their firearms.

Eyewitnesses described moments of panic as gunfire erupted during preparations for the Spanish language service. Attendees were swiftly instructed to evacuate by church ushers, as confusion and fear gripped the congregation.

Lakewood Church holds a significant place in Houston’s religious landscape. Established in the 1950s by Osteen’s father, the church has grown into a megachurch, attracting thousands of worshippers each week. Originally housed in a sports arena, Lakewood’s influence extends far beyond its physical walls.

As this remains a developing story, we are actively seeking updates from Houston police and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to provide the latest information.

UPDATE: Sunday February 11th 4:45pm pst

Update: Shooting at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church: 2 Injured, Including a Child; Armed Female Suspect Killed

Houston, Texas – Tragic developments unfolded at Lakewood Church as authorities revealed that two individuals, including a child, were injured, and the armed female suspect responsible for the shooting has been killed. The incident occurred during Sunday services at the megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen.

According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, off-duty officers responded swiftly as the woman, armed with a long rifle, opened fire inside the church. The suspect, believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, was accompanied by a 5-year-old boy. Both officers engaged the suspect, ultimately resulting in her demise on the scene. However, a devastating outcome emerged as a 5-year-old child was left critically wounded during the altercation.

Finner expressed concern for the child’s well-being, emphasizing the gravity of the situation. Additionally, a 57-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the leg but is reported to be in stable condition.

The female suspect allegedly claimed to possess a bomb, though no explosives were found by law enforcement officials. Pastor Joel Osteen, addressing the press during a conference, expressed gratitude that the incident occurred between services, sparing potential further harm to worshippers.

The presence of Harris County deputies, who work at the church part-time, underscored the swift response to the unfolding crisis. The shooting transpired during a Spanish language service, adding to the shock and chaos experienced by the congregation.

As the investigation continues, authorities are piecing together the events leading up to the shooting and seeking to understand the motive behind this senseless act of violence.

This story will be updated as more details emerge.

This story will be updated as more details emerge.

Author: itssosandiego

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