2 killed, 1 injured in Alabama church shooting, suspect in custody

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Two people were killed and a third injured in a shooting at a church in suburban Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday night, police said. A suspect, who has not been named, is in custody.

The Vestavia Hills Police Department said it received an active shooter call at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church around 6:22 p.m. local time.

On Thursday evening, Vestavia Hills Police Captain Shane Ware reported that a total of three people had been shot. Two of them died and a third is being treated in a hospital.

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According to Ware, the suspect entered the church during a group meeting and opened fire. The church had posted on its website that it was hosting a potluck between 5 and 7 p.m.

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Church members gather for a circle of prayer following a shooting at Saint Stevens Episcopal Church Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

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Ware did not provide a possible motive or further details about the circumstances of the shooting, although he said police believed there was no longer a threat to the community. There was no word on how the suspect was apprehended.

The FBI and US Marshals Service were among several federal and local agencies that participated in the investigation.

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