(Sunday, February 11, 2024) – Houston police are investigating a shooting inside the mega Lakewood
Church of pastor Joel Osteen. Police say a woman in a trench coat entered the church and opened fire Sunday afternoon. She was fatally shot by two off-duty officers working security.
According to authorities, a five-year-old child who was with the woman was critically injured in the shoot-out. It is not clear who shot the child. Officials have not yet released the name of the shooter or motive for the violence. They believe she was 30-35-years-old.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said a 57-year-old man who did not have anything to do with the shooting was also injured. “He was shot in the leg and is seeking treatment in the hospital.”
The shooting happened between services at the megachurch which draws thousands weekly and is believed to be the 3rd largest church in the country. “Our hearts are with those impacted by today’s tragic shooting and the entire Lakewood Church community in Houston,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Osteen said the shooting could have been much worse if it had happened during the larger 11 a.m. service. “We’re devastated,,”adding he would pray for the victims and their families.
This is developing story and will be updated as information develops