Nearly 45,000 people gathered at Lakewood Church in Houston to attend a live service led by famous pastor Joel Osteen. However, the peaceful service was disrupted when gunshots rang out in the background. Local law enforcement received a report of the possible shooting and responded to the active shooting near the Southwest Freeway shortly after 2 p.m. local time.
The church was hosting a Spanish-language mass when chaos broke out. Witnesses reported a burst of gunfire, prompting panic and people to run away. The condition of the suspect is unknown, and it is unclear if there are more suspects or if any other individuals have been detained.
Media reports showed police cars and ambulances in front of the church, and on social media, the church alerted followers about the situation and asked for prayers. The outpouring of public support and prayer for Lakewood Church and the local community is evident as law enforcement and other authorities continue to respond to the potential active shooter situation.