At approximately 1:45pm local time in Houston, Texas, a woman carrying a rifle entered Lakewood Church and opened fire. The attack occurred during the break between services, just as a Spanish service was about to start. Joel Osteen, co-founder of the megachurch, confirmed the incident.
The woman, who was approximately 30 to 35 years old, allegedly threatened those present by claiming she had a bomb. However, no explosives were found. The police reported that the woman was wearing a coat and a backpack at the time of the attack.
A young boy, around 5 years old, was also injured in the incident and is currently receiving medical attention. A 57-year-old man was also injured but has since been released from the hospital.
No further information about the woman or her motive has been released at this time. It is unclear if she had any ties to the church or its congregation.
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