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Murder In U.S. Birmingham Alabama Church Shooting, 2 Killed, 1 Wounded, Gunman In Custody

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

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

On Thursday night, Vestavia Hills police Capt. Shane Ware reported that a total of three people were shot. Two of them have died and a third is being treated at a hospital. 

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 holding a potluck between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  

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Church members gather for a prayer circle after a shooting at the Saint Stevens Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Butch Dill/AP

Ware did not provide a possible motive or any further details on the circumstances of the shooting, though he said police believe there’s no further threat to the community. There was no word on how the suspect was apprehended. 

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service were among several federal and local agencies assisting in the investigation.

First published in CBS News

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