Deadly Attack Caught LIVE On Air At Joel Osteen’s Houston Mega Church

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On Sunday, police in Houston, Texas, were called to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in response to multiple gunshot complaints. Gunfire was recorded on broadcasts that were being taped at the chapel. After reporting that the gunman was down and had not been shot by Houston police, the Houston Sheriff’s office closed it down as an active shooter scene.

When witnesses reported hearing many gunshots fired at the megachurch on Sunday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff’s officers were called to the area shortly after 2:00 p.m. local time. Although the number of rounds fired has not yet been confirmed, witnesses who talked with the media prior to the site being sealed down claimed to have heard between 10 and 30 shots fired.

Just before 3:30 p.m. Texas time, Lakewood posted on X that there was an active incident and that police were present.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated that the shooter was taken out around forty-five minutes later, but no injuries have been reported.

Houston’s ABC 13 broadcast video from inside the megachurch that captured the sounds of shooting.

At the time of the photographs, the church was getting ready for the sermon in Spanish.

For those impacted, a family reunion center has been established close to the area.

Law enforcement reports that the female gunman who killed herself at Joel Olsteen’s Lakewood Church was wearing a trench coat, carrying a long rifle, and had a young child with her who was hit and is currently in serious condition.

At a press conference on Sunday after the shooting, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner disclosed that the gunman was a woman in her 30s or 35s. The child, who was between the ages of 4 and 5, accompanied the gunman to the shooting.

Two off-duty law enforcement officers—a federal officer and a Houston police officer—engaged the suspect when she started shooting, killing her. The child, who was also hit, is not doing well.

When a reporter questioned Finner about whether the youngster was hit by an officer’s bullet, he responded, “I have no idea right now,” if that was the case. “We’re not sure why she was fired. I don’t want to make any assumptions about that.

“I will say this. If it was — Unfortunate. And that female, that suspectm put that baby in danger. I’m going to put that blame on her,” Finner said.

“Unfortunately, the 5-year-old kid was hit and is in critical condition at a local hospital,” he continued. “There was a 57-year-old man who didn’t have anything to do with it, I don’t think, who was shot in the leg. He’s seeking treatment in the hospital.”

Law police is unaware of the shooter’s relationship with the youngster, and her motivation is yet unknown.

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