A woman was killed after opening fire inside Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church. What we know

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woman Opening fire on Joel Osteen’s megachurch In Houston, Texas on Sunday. She was shot and killed by off-duty officers inside the church. The unidentified woman was also wearing a coat and claimed to have explosives, according to Houston Police Chief Troy Fenner.

The woman, wearing a coat and accompanying a child, entered Lakewood Church in Austin between services shortly before 2 p.m. local time.

Here’s what we know:

A 5-year-old boy was shot

The child who was with the woman was hit by a bullet. There is no information about whether the child was shot by the woman or the officers. Houston police said the child is four or five years old and is in critical condition at Texas Children’s Hospital.

A 57-year-old man was shot in the leg, according to Chief Fenner. This man is being treated for his injuries.

Emergency vehicles line the side road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

Emergency vehicles line the side road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

What we know about women

The woman, between 30 and 35 years old, entered the church at 1:53 p.m. wearing a coat and backpack and carrying a long gun, Houston Police Chief Troy Fenner said during a news conference Sunday after the shooting.

Police did not determine the motive behind shooting the woman, and it remains unclear what the relationship was between the woman and the child she brought with her to church.

Where is Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church located?

Lakewood Church is located about 6 miles outside of downtown Houston in the 606,000-square-foot, 16,000-seat former sports arena for the Houston Rockets. Austin’s popular church services attract tens of thousands. According to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 45,000 people regularly attend the church each week.

The non-denominational church is streaming its services online and was scheduled to broadcast its next broadcast at 7 p.m. Central Time, but that service has been cancelled, the church posted on its Facebook page.

Joel Osteen says, “Evil will never win.”

At 7:10 central time, Osteen posted a message on X, saying the church community was “grateful for the quick action taken by law enforcement.”

“In the face of such darkness, we must hold on to our faith and remember that evil will not triumph,” he wrote.

“Boom, boom, boom”: Church member talks about shooting

Alan Goyetti, a church member, said he was waiting in the sanctuary when he heard gunfire.

“Boom, boom, boom, boom,” he said, and I shouted, “Mommy.” Goiti said he and his mother later tried to calm people down after the incident.

Houston Police begin investigation into the shooting

Houston officers searched the woman’s backpack and car and found no traces of explosives, Fenner said. Officers also reported that the woman was spraying something on the ground around her before the assault.

Houston police officers watch displaced churchgoers outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston, after a shooting was reported during a Spanish church service.

Houston police officers watch displaced churchgoers outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston, after a shooting was reported during a Spanish church service.

The responding off-duty officers were a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer and a Houston Police Department officer. He added that the two officers were placed on administrative leave. Fenner did not speculate on why the woman entered the church.

-USA TODAY correspondent Dinah Voyles Pulver and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Austin American-Statesman website: Lakewood church shooting leaves child injured, shooter dead: What we know

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