HOUSTON (AP) — According to police, a woman donned a trench coat and commenced gunfire at the Houston megachurch of renowned preacher Joel Osteen on Sunday afternoon, and was subsequently gunned down by two off-duty officers who were on security duty. They conveyed that a young child accompanying the woman was critically injured, and another man in the vicinity also sustained wounds.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner disclosed that the woman entered the church carrying a long firearm and a backpack, shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday, accompanied by a child aged around 4 or 5. He noted that the child was in critical condition and had been transported to a hospital.

The shooting took place between services at the megachurch, which sees a weekly attendance of 45,000 people, making it the third largest megachurch in the U.S., as per the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Osteen’s televised sermons are broadcast in about 100 countries.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed solidarity, stating, “Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s tragic shooting and the entire Lakewood Church community in Houston. Places of worship are sacred.”

“She had a long gun, and the situation could have been much graver,” Finner remarked at the news conference.

Osteen commented that the shooting could have resulted in far greater consequences if it had occurred during the larger 11 a.m. service.

“We are devastated,” he expressed, adding that he would extend his prayers to the victims and their families.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s previous story is found below.

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff revealed on Sunday that a shooter was down following a shooting at the Houston megachurch of renowned preacher Joel Osteen.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez did not immediately furnish further details in his post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Lakewood Church had earlier conveyed on social media about an “active situation involving shots fired” at one of the largest megachurches in the U.S. during its usually bustling Sunday services.

A news conference by police and other law enforcement agencies was scheduled for later. The Houston megachurch was surrounded by a heavy police presence.

Attendees were seen vacating the premises as authorities evacuated the church, and it was mentioned that the building was being methodically searched as a precaution. About 45,000 people attend weekly services at Lakewood, making it the third largest megachurch in the U.S., according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Osteen’s televised sermons reach about 100 countries.

Lakewood Church had earlier posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, shortly afterwards, about an “active situation involving shots fired” at the church.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed solidarity, stating, “Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s tragic shooting and the entire Lakewood Church community in Houston. Places of worship are sacred.”

Witnesses informed reporters that multiple gunshots were heard during the time the church’s 2 p.m. Spanish language service was set to commence.

Christina Rodriguez, who was inside the church, recounted to Houston television station KTRK that she “started screaming, ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,’” and then she and others fled to the back of a library inside the building, then stood in a stairway until they were given the all-clear to leave.

People congregated outside the building as authorities evacuated the church. Officials subsequently announced that a reunification center had been established at a nearby gym for people to find their loved ones.