A woman entered Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church this afternoon with a gun and opened fire, injuring one person before being killed by off-duty police officers.
Police chief Troy Finner said in a press conference that the shooting began shortly before 2:00 pm, prior to the start of the Spanish service. The woman attended the church dressed in a trenchcoat, backpack, long rifle, and a five-year-old child in tow.
She managed to shoot one 57-year-old man in the hip before a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agent and a Houston Police Department off-duty officer returned fire, killing her.
The child accompanying her was also shot and remains in critical condition, though it is unknown if they were hit by gunfire from officers or the woman.
Lakewood church has its own security department, and congregants are allowed concealed weapons inside the church, but they may not open carry. Thankfully, the present officers stopped the threat before more lives were lost.
Joel Osteen said he was “devastated” by the shooting but would press forward.
We don’t understand why all these things happened, but we know God’s in control. 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. 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.”