A woman opened fire with a long rifle at a mega evangelical church in Texas and was killed by off-duty officers who were attending the service. In the shooting, a 5-year-old child and another woman were seriously injured. The incident occurred immediately after the English service ended and the Spanish service was about to begin.
The woman fired several magazines and claimed she had a bomb, while the faithful sought shelter from the bullets. The police then evacuated the entire shopping center where the church is located after rumors spread of a second attacker. However, these rumors turned out to be unfounded.
Joel Osteen, the church televangelist, said he didn’t know why such an incident happened but assured that “God is in control.” The police have not yet provided any information on the identity of the woman or her possible motivation. She was wearing a trench coat and backpack when she committed the crime. Her car was also inspected for any explosives.
According to research carried out by Lifeway Research, an association headed by the Southern Baptist Convention, 55% of pastors have created response plans for possible armed attacks during religious services.