Shooting Reported At Joel Osteen’s Houston Church

Shooting Reported At Joel Osteen’s Houston Church

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Updated Feb 11, 2024, 05:57pm EST


Two people were shot during a shooting at Lakewood Church, the mega church run by pastor Joel Osteen, Houston authorities said Sunday, saying the suspect was shot and killed by first responders on the scene.

Key Facts

A woman approximately 30 to 35 years old entered the mega church Sunday afternoon with a child and a long rifle and began shooting, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said Sunday at a press conference.

The young child, approximately five-years-old, is in critical condition Sunday after the shooting and a 57-year-old man was shot in the hip and is in stable condition, Finner said.

Just before 4 p.m. ET, Lakewood Church posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, saying there was an active shooter situation that included shots fired and law enforcement were on the scene.

At the press conference Osteen said he would pray for both the victims and the shooter, saying he was grateful the shooting happened in between church services when fewer people were in the building.

What We Don’t Know

It remains unclear what the motive for Sunday’s shooting is, Finner said.

Further Reading

Houston Police, Fire Department Responding To Shooting At Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church (NBC)

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