Local law enforcement received a report of a possible shooting at a church in Houston led by famous pastor Joel Osteen. The church, with an average attendance of 45,000 people, was hosting a live service when gunshots rang out in the background.
Police responded to the active shooting near the Southwest Freeway shortly after 2 p.m. local time. It is unclear if there are more suspects or if any other individuals have been detained. The Spanish-language mass was about to begin when chaos broke out and police reportedly shot a possible suspect. The condition of the suspect is unknown.
Witnesses reported a burst of gunfire, prompting panic and people to run away from the scene. On social media, the church alerted followers about the situation and asked for prayers. Media reports showed police cars and ambulances in front of the church as authorities continue to investigate the incident.