In the midst of a live service at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, chaos broke out as gunshots rang out in the background. With an average attendance of 45,000 people, the church was hosting a Spanish-language mass when things took a violent turn. The situation unfolded near the Southwest Freeway shortly after 2 p.m. local time, prompting police to respond to an active shooting scene.
The condition of the suspect shot by police is unknown, and it’s unclear if there are more suspects or if any other individuals have been detained. The church quickly alerted its followers on social media about the situation and asked for prayers and support.
Media reports showed police cars and ambulances in front of the church as witnesses reported hearing a burst of gunfire that caused panic among those attending the service. Witnesses said they saw people running away in fear as they tried to escape from danger.
As law enforcement and other authorities continue to investigate the incident, there is an outpouring of public support and prayer for Lakewood Church and the local community affected by this tragedy. The church’s pastor, Joel Osteen, has not yet made a statement about what happened during his service on Sunday afternoon.