Two folks had been injured and one suspect was killed throughout a capturing at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday afternoon, Texas authorities say.
During a press convention, police chief Troy Finner mentioned that the capturing started at 1:53 p.m. It occurred at across the time that the Spanish language church service was scheduled to begin.
The suspect, who was a lady, entered the church with a protracted rifle. She was sporting a backpack and a trench coat, and was accompanied by a “small child, approximately 4 to 5 years old,” Finner mentioned.
After she started capturing, off-duty officers on the scene “engaged” the girl and returned fireplace. The suspect was pronounced useless on the scene.
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Police mentioned that two folks had been injured, together with a 57-year-old man who was shot within the leg. The little one that the shooter got here with was additionally injured and stays in important situation.
Finner additionally disclosed that the suspect talked about that she had a bomb.
“Once she went down, officers reported back to us that she threatened that she had a bomb,” the police chief defined. “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.”
Police mentioned the capturing seems to be remoted and so they imagine there isn’t a additional menace to the general public.
During the press convention, senior pastor Joel Osteen thanked legislation enforcement and mentioned that he was “devastated” by the capturing.
“We don’t understand why all these things happened, but we know God’s in control,” Osteen mentioned.
“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.”
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The demise of the shooter was first introduced by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez earlier that afternoon.
“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.”
At round 2:10 p.m. CT, Gonzalez introduced that there have been “possible shots fired at/or around Lakewood Church.” Less than an hour later, Texas police confirmed that the scene was Lakewood Church.
Police later suggested that anybody with lacking relations ought to head to the “family reunification location” at Greenway Plaza’s Life Time Fitness health club.
Lakewood Church confirmed on X that there was a capturing and requested that customers “please pray for Lakewood and our community.”
In a press launch despatched to native shops, Governor Greg Abbott referred to as the capturing “tragic.”
“Our hearts are with those impacted by today’s tragic shooting and the entire Lakewood Church community in Houston,” Abbott mentioned. “Places of worship are sacred.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department for remark.
Fox News Digital’s Brooke Curto contributed to this report.