Houston’s Lakewood Church, known for its famous pastor Joel Osteen and its average attendance of 45,000 people, was hosting a live service when gunshots rang out in the background. The Spanish-language mass was about to begin when chaos broke out.
Law enforcement received a report of a possible shooting at the church and responded to the active shooting near the Southwest Freeway shortly after 2 p.m. local time. Witnesses reported a burst of gunfire, prompting panic and people to run away.
The situation remains unresolved as law enforcement and other authorities are on the scene responding to the potential active shooter. The church alerted followers on social media about the situation and asked for prayers, with reports showing police cars and ambulances in front of the church.
It is unclear if there are more suspects or if any other individuals have been detained. The condition of the suspect is unknown. The outpouring of public support and prayer for the Lakewood Church and the local community continues as they navigate this difficult time.