A woman wearing a long coat entered an important evangelical temple in the city of Houston, United States, and opened fire at the entrance of the place. She was killed by two off-duty officers who were carrying out security duties there, the police reported.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the woman entered the temple with a long weapon and a backpack on his back, accompanied by a child about 4 or 5 years old. The child was hit by bullets and had to be transferred to a hospital in critical condition. A third male subject, between 26 and 28 years old, was also injured in the hip.
The woman made statements about a bomb in the middle of the shooting, so an anti-explosive brigade was called to seize the place even after she had been shot down.
The shooting occurred between religious ceremonies at the megachurch, which approximately 45,000 people usually attend each week, making it the third largest megachurch in the United States according to the Hartford Institute for Religious Research. The temple is known for belonging to Joel Osteen, a famous pastor from the state of Texas whose televised sermons are broadcast in about 100 countries.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, tweeted a message saying, “Our hearts go out to those affected by today’s tragic shooting in Houston. Places of worship are sacred.” He also offered support to bring the criminal to justice.