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Lakewood Church shooting puts new spotlight on Preacher Joel Osteen

The shooter who opened fire at a Texas megachurch on Sunday before being killed by security officers had a history of mental illness and used an AR-style rifle in the attack that also critically injured their 7-year-old son, authorities said Monday.
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Joel Osteen, leader of Lakewood Church where a person opened fire on Sunday, is one of the most familiar faces in American religion. He preaches to about 45,000 people a week, is nicknamed the smiling preacher, and is known for his positive preaching style.
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In this screen grab taken from video provided by KTRK-TV ABC13, authorities respond to a shooting at Lakewood Church, the Houston megachurch of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston.
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A woman stands outside Lakewood Church, in Houston, after a reported shooting during a Spanish church service, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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A woman holds her face as she waits with others outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston, after a reported shooting during a Spanish church service.
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Houston Police officers watch over displaced churchgoers outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston, after a reported shooting during a Spanish church service.
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Houston Police officers watch over displaced churchgoers outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston, after a reported shooting during a Spanish church service.
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HOUSTON CHRONICLE

From left, Police Chief Troy Finner, Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, Mayor John Whitmire and Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena, participate in a press conference during an active shooter event at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 11.
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Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, left center, listens as Mayor John Whitmire comments during a press conference during an active shooter event at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 11.
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HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Harris County Sheriffs officers walk outside of Lakewood Church after a reported shooting during a church service in Houston, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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A Houston Police officer outside of Lakewood Church after a reported shooting during a church service in Houston, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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KTRK-TV ABC13

In this screen grab taken from video provided by KTRK-TV ABC13, pastor Joel Osteen speaks to the media after a shooting at Lakewood Church, in Houston, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Police officers stand outside Lakewood Church during an active shooter situation at the church in Houston, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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People wait outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston, after a reported shooting during a Spanish church service.

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