In the city of Houston, Texas, a woman in a long coat entered a significant evangelical temple and opened fire at the entrance. Two off-duty officers who were carrying out security duties shot her down, killing her and injuring two others. The woman had a long weapon and a backpack with her when she entered the temple, accompanied by a child about four or five years old. The child was hit by bullets and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, while a third male subject aged 26 to 28 was injured in the hip.
During the shooting, the woman made statements about having a bomb. Despite this, an anti-explosive brigade was called to seize the place. According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, the incident was an “isolated incident,” and there are no security problems at Lakewood Church. He stated that there are no known ties between Joel Osteen, the famous pastor from Texas who leads Lakewood Church, and the shooter. The investigation into this tragic event is still in its early stages.
Governor Greg Abbott expressed condolences for those impacted by the shooting and offered his full support of Texas law enforcement agencies in bringing justice to those responsible for this act of violence. He emphasized that places of worship should be sacred spaces where people can come together peacefully without fear of harm or violence.