A woman wearing a long coat entered a important evangelical temple of the city of Houston, in the United States, and opened fire at the entrance of the place, before which she was killed by two off-duty officers who were carrying out security duties there, the police reported.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said: The woman entered the temple with a long weapon and a backpack on his back shortly before 2 in the afternoon, accompanied by a child about 4 or 5 years old.
The minor was hit by bullets and had to be transferred to a hospital in critical condition. Meanwhile, a third male subject, between 26 and 28 years old, was injured in the hip.
According to local police, the woman made statements about a bomb in the middle of the shooting Therefore, despite having been shot down, an anti-explosive brigade was called to seize the place.
The temple is known for belonging to Joel Osteen, a famous pastor from the state of Texas.
The shooting occurred between religious ceremonies at the megachurch, which About 45,000 people usually attend each week.making it the third largest megachurch in the United States, according to the Hartford Institute for Religious Research.
The temple is known for belonging to Joel Osteen, a famous pastor from the state of Texas. His televised sermons are broadcast in about 100 countries.
The woman who opened fire at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, said she had a bomb shortly before two officers shot her to death at the church.
About 45 thousand people usually come to the temple per week.
According to a police source cited by the ANSA agency, it is a “Isolated incident” and “there are no security problems.”
The investigation is now in its early stages and police are reviewing camera footage and beginning to interview witnesses.
Our hearts are with those impacted by today’s tragic shooting in Houston.
Places of worship are sacred.
I have spoken with Mayor Whitmire and offered the full support of Texas to bring this criminal to justice.
Join Cecilia and me in praying for the Lakewood Church community. pic.twitter.com/OVr7pJ0g7Q
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 11, 2024
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbotpublished a message on his social networks where he stated: “Our hearts go out to those affected by today's tragic shooting in Houston. Places of worship are sacred”.
Abbot noted that he contacted the mayor of the area and offered “all the support of Texas to bring this criminal to justice.”
With information from the ANSA and AP agency.