A woman entered a mega evangelical church in Texas with a long rifle and opened fire, killing her and injuring two others, including a 5-year-old child. The shooting occurred immediately after the English service had ended and the Spanish service was about to begin. The woman fired several magazines and claimed to have a bomb, while the faithful sought shelter from the bullets.
The police evacuated the entire shopping center where the church is located after rumors spread of a second attacker, which turned out to be unfounded. Church televangelist Joel Osteen said he didn’t know why such a thing happened but assured that “God is in control.” The police have not yet provided the identity or motivation of the woman, who was wearing a trench coat and backpack, or specified her relationship with the injured child. Her car was also inspected for any explosives.
According to research by Lifeway Research, an association headed by the Southern Baptist Convention, 55% of pastors have created response plans for possible armed attacks during religious services.