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Sheriff says suspect ‘is down after shooting at Joel Osteen’s Texas megachurch

Sheriff says suspect ‘is down after shooting at Joel Osteen’s Texas megachurch

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff said Sunday (Feb. 11) that a shooter was down after a shooting at the Houston megachurch of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen on Sunday afternoon. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez did not immediately provide more details in his post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Lakewood Church had earlier posted on social media there was an “active situation involving shots fired” at one of the largest megachurches in the U.S during its typically busy Sunday services. A news conference was scheduled for later by police and other law enforcement agencies. A heavy presence of police surrounded the Houston megachurch. Worshippers could be seen leaving the building as authorities evacuated the church, and authorities said they were continuing to methodically search the building 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. Earlier, Lakewood Church posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, shortly …