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Off-duty Officers Respond to Shooting at Lakewood Church in Houston

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Off Duty Officers Respond To Shooting At Lakewood Church In Houston

Off-duty officers swiftly responded to a shooting incident at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, with Governor Greg Abbott expressing condolences and offering state resources.

The shooting took place during a Spanish language service at the renowned Lakewood Church led by Pastor Joel Osteen.

Chief Troy Finner of Houston Police provided details in a news conference, stating that a female suspect, armed with a long rifle, entered the church around 1:53 p.m. local time.

The suspect, accompanied by a 5-year-old boy, was engaged by off-duty officers, resulting in her death at the scene.

Unfortunately, a child was critically injured during the incident, while a 57-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned that some deputies work part-time at the Lakewood Church, emphasizing community ties.

The female suspect allegedly claimed to have a bomb, although no explosives were found by law enforcement officers.

Pastor Joel Osteen spoke at the press conference, pointing out the potential severity of the situation if the incident occurred during a busier church service.

Governor Abbott pledged full support from the state of Texas, including the assistance of the Department of Public Safety officers and Texas Rangers, in handling the aftermath of the tragic shooting.

Our thoughts are with the Lakewood Church community and those affected by this devastating event in Houston, a city known for its resilience in the face of such challenges.

Rachel Adams

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