This Sunday, off-duty agents killed a woman who entered the building Lakewood Megachurch, Houston, armed with a rifle and opened fire. The woman was accompanied by a minor. Houston police have reported that a five-year-old minor was injured in critical condition as a result of the shooting A 57-year-old was shot in the leg. “The report came at 1:53 p.m. (local time). A woman (between 30 and 35 years old) came in wearing a long coat and carrying a shotgun, accompanied by a child (…) and started shooting,” the chief said. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference. The attack occurred shortly before mass began in Spanish.
The two agents who opened fire did extra work – one of them works at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission – and warned that the attacker mentioned explosives, so the bomb investigation team was notified, which confirmed she did not. He didn’t have a bomb in the backpack he was carrying or in his car. The woman ultimately died, he suggested.
“He had a long gun and it could have been a lot worse, but the officers did their job and I want to thank them for that,” Finner said, referring to the response of off-duty officers. The 57-year-old man, whose condition is stable, had nothing to do with the incident and was said to have just been “walking around” in the area.
Houston Mayor John Whitmire emphasized that this incident is “an opportunity to focus.” “There will be additional patrols and contact with our federal and local counterparts. We will increase patrols around religious sites,” he promised.
“This is no longer an active case. We have everything under control. We’re still checking to make sure everything is safe. We’ll be here more or less at night. We pray for all the families who are here,” he added.
In this sense, he lamented the “very difficult” situation in a church where people go “to calm down and pray to God,” and he stressed that the authorities will work to ensure that “everyone continues to go to church goes”. ” . It should be noted that this church is of Protestant type It has a capacity of 16,800 people and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors every week.