An active shooter reportedly fired shots inside Lakewood Church — Joel Osteen‘s house of worship in Houston … and the moment was caught on video.
Local news outlets are reporting shooting began around 2 PM local time, just as a Spanish-language service was starting — with the Sherriff’s department quickly responding.
A clip, posted to X, shows a man seemingly beginning a sermon when several loud pops go off. People can be seen scrambling down escalators in the background, and the broadcast cuts to a screen of the Lakewood logo.
Eyewitnesses told local outlets there was panic and confusion among churchgoers as they quickly tried to exit the premises.
Deputies reportedly engaged with a possible suspect — exchanging gunfire inside the church. A local sheriff tweeted out a suspect has been shot, though it’s unclear how many alleged suspects were involved.
John Osteen — Joel’s father’ opened Lakewood Church in the late 1950s, and it’s grown into one of the largest megachurches in the United States — Joel took over the church following his dad’s passing in 1999.
We’ve reached out to Joel about the shooting … so far no word back.