2 people killed during a shooting at a church near Birmingham, Alabama

The suspect has since been placed into custody.

Friday, June 17, 2022
Alabama church shooting leaves 1 dead and 2 others wounded
Police said at least three people were shot, one of them fatally, when someone opened fire in an episcopalian church outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. -- Two people were killed Thursday in a shooting at a small group church meeting in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, police said.

A suspect, who was not identified, is in custody, said Capt. Shane Ware with the Vestavia Hills Police Department.

The shooting was reported at St. Stephens Episcopal Church at about 6:22 p.m. CT (7:22 p.m. ET), he said.

Ware said the one person was being treated for an "unknown injury" at a hospital.

According to the church calendar, an event called the "Boomers Potluck" was scheduled at the same time the shooting took place but it wasn't clear from the media briefing whether the violence occurred there.

Ware didn't take questions at any of the three media briefings on the shooting.

"If anybody needs to pass along any information concerning this investigation to the Vestavia Hill Police Department and our detectives, I need them to call 205-9780140," he said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sent her condolences.

"I am glad to hear the shooter is in custody," Ivey said. "This should never happen -- in a church, in a store, in the city, or anywhere. We continue to closely monitor the situation."

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