In the heart of Houston, Texas, a woman wearing a long coat entered Lakewood Church, a significant evangelical temple known for belonging to Joel Osteen, and opened fire at the entrance. Two off-duty officers who were carrying out security duties managed to stop the woman before she could harm anyone else. The woman was killed on the scene while two other individuals were injured in the shooting.
According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, the woman entered the temple with a long weapon and a backpack shortly before 2 in the afternoon, accompanied by a child about four or five years old. The child was hit by bullets and transported to a hospital in critical condition while another male subject aged 26 to 28 was also injured in the hip. The woman made statements about having a bomb during her attack.
An anti-explosive brigade was called to seize the place despite the woman being shot down. However, according to Finner, it was an isolated incident and there are no security problems at Lakewood Church. The investigation is still in its early stages as authorities try to determine what led to this tragic event.
Governor Greg Abbott expressed his condolences for those impacted by this shooting and offered his full support of Texas law enforcement in bringing justice to those affected. He emphasized that places of worship are sacred and should be protected from such incidents. He urged everyone to pray for peace and safety at Lakewood Church community members who have been affected by this tragedy.
The shooting has left many people wondering how such an incident could occur at such a prominent place of worship like Lakewood Church. While it remains unclear what led to this event, one thing is certain: law enforcement must remain vigilant in protecting our sacred spaces from those who seek harm.