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Investigation underway after reports of active shooter at Lakewood Church

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Heavy police presence can be seen surrounding Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church after reports of an active shooter in southwest Houston on Sunday.

The video above is ABC13’s 24/7 livestream.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a possible shooting at the megachurch near the Southwest Freeway shortly after 2 p.m.

The 2 p.m. Spanish-speaking service had just begun when chaos erupted. A witness told Eyewitness News that she heard several shots being fired while in the choir room.

“The whole church started praying and declaring Jesus’ name,” she said. “I was like, ‘This might be the last time I get to pray, that I get to glorify the name of Jesus, so I’m going to do this.'”

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a possible suspect was shot by deputies. It is unclear if there is more than one suspect or if anyone has been detained.

No injuries have been reported.

ABC13 crews were at the church where crowds of people, including children, could be seen evacuating worship.

The Houston Police Department warns drivers to avoid the area. As of 3 p.m., the feeder road near Highway 69 at Edloe Street was closed as authorities continued to investigate.

Eyewitness News is gathering facts on this breaking news story. Watch ABC13 newscasts throughout the afternoon for live updates.

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