HOUSTON (FOX 26) - In the wake of the Sutherland Springs shooting, churches and other houses of worship in our area have become more concerned about their safety. Harris County Precinct One Constable, Alan Rosen held a meeting tonight to discuss active shooter strategies.
The room was packed with local religious leaders and members all eager to learn how they can best keep their house of worship safe. Rev. Reginald Lillie of Greater True Faith Missionary Baptist Church tells us, “ it’s always on all of our minds anytime we answer the worship service. It’s sad but true that were conscious that someone could come in and do harm to us.”
Others said it's sad it has come to this, that it's now necessary in the wake of the Sutherland Springs massacre. Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen said they are focusing on the smaller establishments to help them with a plan which includes when to alert authorities and how to spot suspicious behavior.
Those who attended the meeting told FOX 26 that despite Sunday’s tragic shooting, they will not be deterred from practicing their faith and feel confident with the information they learned this evening.
“Never no never you just need to try to help people be prepared to react very quickly to survive that kind of event, but no, no fear at all,” said Jack Vaughn of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
Constable Rosen tells us that this is just the first of many active shooter meetings he plans on having with our local religious organizations.