The woman entered the church accompanied by a child who Houston Police Chief Troy Finner estimated to be between “4 to 5 years old.” “Once she entered, at some point she began to fire,” the chief said. Two off-duty officers were present: a 28-year-old Houston Police Department officer and a 38-year-old agent with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, both with less than five years of service.
The two officers engaged the shooter and she was struck, the police chief said. She died at the scene, Finner said. The child was also hit and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but it’s unclear who fired the shot that injured the child. “I want to commend those officers. She had a long gun and it could have been a lot worse,” Finner said. “But they stepped up and they did their job, and I want to thank them for that.”
KPRC 2′s Cathy Hernandez was in Conroe Monday morning at a home where police believed the shooter lived. According to Hernandez, members of the FBI, Conroe PD, Montgomery County SO, HPD, and Texas Rangers were at the home collecting evidence and working to determine the reason for the shooting.
Police said the shooter was a woman in her early to mid-30s. She reportedly walked into the church with a rifle, wearing a trench coat, and holding a small child. Investigators say before she died, the suspect reportedly said she had explosives in her car, but nothing was found.
The cult is claiming that the shooter was trans.
Heidi and I are praying for the Lakewood Church community. I join them and my hometown city of Houston in mourning after today’s senseless shooting.
We are grateful that off-duty law enforcement were on the scene and quickly stopped this shooter. They are heroes.
My team and I…
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