Shooter down after gunfire erupts at Joel Osteen’s church in Houston

Victoria and Joel Osteen (Video screenshot courtesy Lakewood Church)

Victoria and Joel Osteen

The shooter who opened fire Sunday at Joel Osteen’s church in Texas is down, authorities say.

“Correction: shooter is down,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote on X. “But it does not appear that@HCSOTexas deputies fired shots; other agencies fired.”

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“We continue to assist in a methodical/thorough search of the complex.”

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It was shortly after 2 p.m. Central Time that Gonzalez announced there were “possible shots fired at/or around Lakewood Church.”

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And within the hour, police confirmed the scene was, in fact, the church of the famous evangelist.

“The active scene is at Lakewood Church on the SW Fwy service road. Traffic is very heavy near and on the service road,” Houston Police wrote on X.

“Please avoid the area and use alternate routes. We have PIOs en route to the scene and will provide any and all updates here.”

The Lakewood Church itself stated: There is an active situation involving shots fired at Lakewood. Law enforcement is on the scene.

“That is all the information we have at this time. Please pray for Lakewood and our community.”

No word on any injuries at posting time.

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