Here’s All That You Need To Know About Lakewood Church Shooting

Authorities in Texas said that during a shooting at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday afternoon, two persons were hurt and one suspect was murdered.

Here's All That You Need To Know About Lakewood Church Shooting

Troy Finner, the police chief, stated at a press conference that the gunfire started at 1:53 p.m. It happened about the time the church service in Spanish was about to begin.

The female suspect, brandishing a long rifle, made her way into the church. According to Finner, she was accompanied by a “small child, approximately 4 to 5 years old,” and was dressed in a trench coat and bag.

Off-duty police at the site “engaged” the lady after she started shooting and started firing back. At the scene, the suspect was declared deceased.

Two people were hurt, according to the police, one of them a 57-year-old guy who was wounded in the leg. The shooter’s accompanying child was hurt as well, and their condition is still critical.

Finner also revealed that the suspect referred to her having a bomb.

“Once she went down, officers reported back to us that she threatened that she had a bomb,” the police chief explained. “So we searched her vehicle, our bomb squad, and also the backpack [she brought].”

“No explosives were found, but she was also spraying some type of substance on the ground.”

According to the police, the incident seems to be isolated, and they don’t think the public is in any more danger.

Senior pastor Joel Osteen expressed his gratitude to law police and expressed how “devastated” he was by the shooting during the news conference.

“We don’t understand why all these things happened, but we know God’s in control,” Osteen said.

“We’re going to continue to to move forward. There are forces of evil, but the forces that are for us, the forces of God, are stronger than that,” he continued. “So we’re going to keep going strong and just, you know, doing what God’s called us to do, lift people up and give hope to the world again.”

Earlier that day, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez made the initial announcement of the shooter’s death.

“Correction: shooter is down,” Gonzalez wrote on social media. “But it does not appear that@HCSOTexas deputies fired shots; other agencies fired.”

“We continue to assist in a methodical/thorough search of the complex.”

Gonzalez reported that there were “possible shots fired at/or around Lakewood Church” at around 2:10 p.m. CT. Texas police verified that Lakewood Church was at the spot less than an hour later.

Later, police suggested that anyone with missing family members go to the Life Time Fitness facility in Greenway Plaza, which is designated as the “family reunification location”.

After confirming the shooting on X, Lakewood Church urged viewers to “please pray for Lakewood and our community.”

Governor Greg Abbott described the incident as “tragic” in a press release that was distributed to regional media.

“Our hearts are with those impacted by today’s tragic shooting and the entire Lakewood Church community in Houston,” Abbott stated. “Places of worship are sacred.”

Fox News Digital requested comments from the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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