A woman wearing a trench coat and backpack entered a mega evangelical church in Texas and opened fire with a long rifle, killing herself and injuring two others, including a 5-year-old child. The shooting occurred immediately after the service in English had ended and the one in Spanish was about to begin. The woman fired several magazines and said she had a bomb, while the faithful sought shelter from the bullets.
The police then evacuated the entire shopping center where the church is located after rumors spread of the presence of a second attacker. However, these rumors turned out to be unfounded. Church televangelist Joel Osteen assured that “God is in control” but did not provide any further details on why such an incident occurred or what relationship it had with the child who was injured. Her car was also inspected for explosives.
According to research by Lifeway Research, an association led by the Southern Baptist Convention, 55% of pastors have created response plans for possible armed attacks during religious services.