Police responding to reported shooting at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston

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Texas authorities say that the suspect who fired shots inside Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday afternoon is down.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced the latest development of the shooting, which was reported at around 2 p.m. CT on Sunday afternoon, on X. The shooting was reported at around the same time that the Spanish language church service was about to start.

“Correction: shooter is down,” Gonzalez wrote on social media. “But it does not appear that@HCSOTexas deputies fired shots; other agencies fired.”

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Lakewood Church surrounded by police

Texas authorities are investigating an active shooting at Lakewood Church. (KRIV)

“We continue to assist in a methodical/thorough search of the complex.”

At around 2:10 p.m. CT, Gonzalez announced that there were “possible shots fired at/or around Lakewood Church.”

Less than an hour later, Texas police confirmed that the scene was Lakewood Church.

“The active scene is at Lakewood Church on the SW Fwy service road. Traffic is very heavy near and on the service road,” Houston Police Department wrote on X.

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“Please avoid the area and use alternate routes. We have PIOs en route to the scene and will provide any and all updates here.”

Lakewood church exteriors

A long line of cars forms outside of Lakewood Church waiting for the opportunity to donate to the victims of the Tropical Storm Harvey, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (Photo by Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)

Police later advised that anyone with missing family members should head to the “family reunification location” at Greenway Plaza’s Life Time Fitness gym.

Lakewood Church confirmed on X that there was a shooting and asked that users “please pray for Lakewood and our community.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department for comment.

Lakewood Church in Houston prepares to receive victims of Tropical Storm Harvey, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. Volunteers are helping receiving donations from people driving by dropping first need items. (Photo by Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)

So far, no word on any injuries.

This story is developing, check back with us for updates.



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