A woman wearing a long coat entered a significant evangelical temple in the city of Houston, United States and opened fire at the entrance before she was killed by two off-duty officers who were carrying out security duties. The woman made statements about having a bomb during the shooting, prompting an anti-explosive brigade to be called to seize the place. However, she was shot down by the officers before any explosives could be found.
Governor Greg Abbot expressed condolences for those impacted by the tragic shooting and offered the full support of Texas to bring the criminal to justice. He emphasized the sacredness of places of worship and called for prayers for the Lakewood Church community. The investigation is still in its early stages, but police state that it was an “isolated incident” and that there are no security problems at Lakewood Church, which is known for belonging to Joel Osteen, a famous pastor from Texas.
A child about four or five years old was also hit by bullets during the shooting and was transported to a hospital in critical condition. A third male subject, aged 26 to 28, was injured in the hip. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner reported that the woman entered the temple with a long weapon and a backpack shortly before 2 in the afternoon, accompanied by her child.