Two Killed, One Wounded in Alabama Church Shooting

A shooting at a church in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama killed two people and injured a third on June 16.

The Vestavia Hills Police Department (VHPD) said they responded to a report of an active shooter at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church at about 6:22 p.m. Central Time.

According to VHPD Captain Shane Ware, two people died while a third is being treated at a hospital.

VHPD said the suspect, who has not been identified, is in custody.

Police added that there was no additional threat to the community.

Ware said that the suspect entered the church during a group meeting and opened fire.

According to the church calendar, an event called “Boomers Potluck” was scheduled around the same time the shooting took place.

Ware did not provide a possible motive or any further details of the shooting.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service, responded to the scene and are assisting in the investigation.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said that they “continue to closely monitor the situation.”

“I am glad to hear the shooter is in custody. This should never happen — in a church, in a store, in the city, or anywhere,” Ivey said, as quoted by NBC News.


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