A shooting occurred at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday evening. Two people were killed and one other wounded. The motiv of the shooting is not known. The gunman , not identified yet, is in custody, police said. It also said numerous law enforcement agents, along with emergency crews, were at the scene .There was no word on how the suspect was apprehended.
The FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives participated in the investigation.Vestavia Hills is a suburb of Birmingham in central Alabama. St. Stephens Episcopal Church was hosting a ‘Boomer Potluck’ dinner. It’s unclear how many people were inside the church at the time of the shooting. “As we are learning about the shocking and tragic loss of a life at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia, we want to offer our prayers for the victim’s family, the injured and the entire church community. 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,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared in a statement. The Rev. Kelley Hudlow declared that the church and the community at large were stunned by the shooting. „Saint Stephen’s is a community built on love and prayers and grace and they are going to come together,” she said in a live interview. Saint Stephen’s is a community built on love and prayers and grace and they are going to come together,” she said in a live interview. The church was receiving supportive messages from all over the U.S. and the world. The incident follows a series of high-profile mass shootings across the country and a way to impose stricter guns control measures was decided with bipartisan support in the Congress.