Shooting Incident Rocks Joel Osteen’s Megachurch
Gunfire Erupts at Lakewood Church
In a shocking turn of events, a woman armed with a long gun opened fire inside the renowned Lakewood Church, led by celebrity pastor Joel Osteen, in Houston, Texas. This incident occurred on a Sunday afternoon, causing panic and chaos among the congregation.
Off-Duty Officers Respond Heroically
The swift response of two off-duty police officers, who were working security at the church, prevented further tragedy. They bravely confronted the armed woman, resulting in her being shot and killed at the scene. Authorities have identified the suspect as a woman aged between 30 and 35 years old.
Child Caught in the Crossfire
Shockingly, the armed woman entered the church accompanied by a 5-year-old boy. Tragically, the child suffered critical injuries during the shootout with the police. While the investigation is ongoing, it remains unclear if the responding officers’ shots struck the child. However, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stresses that the blame lies squarely on the suspect for putting the child in harm’s way.
Bomb Threat Unfounded
Amidst the chaos, the suspect claimed to possess a bomb. However, subsequent police searches found no evidence of explosives. Houston Police Chief Finner emphasized the potential severity of the situation, considering the suspect’s possession of a long gun. Thankfully, the situation did not escalate further.
Lakewood Church Spared from Catastrophe
The shooting incident occurred just moments before Lakewood Church’s highly attended 2 p.m. Spanish language service was scheduled to commence. With a capacity to hold tens of thousands of worshippers, Lakewood Church stands as one of the largest megachurches in the United States. Pastor Joel Osteen expressed his gratitude that the incident did not occur during the earlier 11 a.m. service, acknowledging the potential for even greater harm.
This tragic event at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church serves as a stark reminder of the unexpected dangers that can arise even in places of worship. The heroic actions of the off-duty officers and the resilience of the congregation in the face of adversity demonstrate the strength of the human spirit. As the investigation continues, our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured child and all those affected by this senseless act of violence.
Read More of this Story at abcnews.go.com – 2024-02-12 14:37:23
Read More Latest News