Police respond to ‘active shooter’ at Texas megachurch

Gunfire was heard at the Lakewood Church in Houston on Sunday, witnesses saidPolice respond to ‘active shooter’ at Texas megachurch

Police respond to ‘active shooter’ at Texas megachurch

Several police units were dispatched following reports of a shooting at a large evangelical church in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

“There is an active situation involving shots fired at Lakewood. Law enforcement is on the scene,” pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church said in a brief statement on X (formerly Twitter).”Please pray for Lakewood and our community.”

“It is believed that a possible shooter is down, shot by one of our deputy’s on-scene,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote on X. 

The witnesses told local media that someone had opened fire as Spanish-speaking service was about to begin at 2 pm. One man was quoted by ABC13 News as saying that he heard 20 to 30 gunshots when ran out of the building.

The church has an average attendance of 45,000 people, according to the media. It was founded in 1959 by pastor John Osteen and is currently run by his son Joel.



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