2 Dead At Episcopal Church In Cahaba Heights Alabama In Vestavia Hills, Suspect In Custody

Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Cahaba Heights area of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Watch live coverage on WVTM 13 or above. One other injured. Condition unknown.

Vestavia Hills police said three people were shot when a gunman walked into a small group church meeting and opened fire. Police said two victims died from their injuries and the third is being treated at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The suspect is in custody.

Glenn Brooks tweeted “A shooting at a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Voices on TV keep saying, “You don’t expect it happen where you live.” But I keep thinking, Don’t you? Where could you live and not expect it to happen?”

Police did not release the names of the victims or the suspect.

“We know of no additional threat to either the community of Vestavia Hills or the neighboring community of Mountain Brook,” Cpt. Shane Ware said.

Police shared this statement on social media at 7 p.m.:

“At approximately 6:22 PM Central Time the Vestavia Hills Police Department responded to Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church located at 3775 Crosshaven Drive Vestavia Hills, AL on a call of an active shooter. Multiple law enforcement agencies and fire departments responded to the scene. The VHPD confirms multiple people were shot. The suspect is in custody. The next press briefing will be at approximately 8 pm.”

According to the church’s website, there was a “Boomers Potluck” planned for 5 p.m. in Parish Hall today.

Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry issued the following statement:

“With the tragic news that has broken this evening, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims of this evening’s shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. I would also like to offer thanks on behalf of myself and our Vestavia Hills residents to the first responders from all agencies who have worked tirelessly since this incident began.”

Rev. Kelley Hudlow with the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama spoke to WVTM 13 at the scene about the staff still at the church and the diverse religious community in the area. “We’re gonna need a lot of love,” Hudlow said. Watch the interview below.

Here are the latest statements from political leaders in the state:

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

“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. We continue to closely monitor the situation.”

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer

“My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation in Vestavia Hills. Please be in prayer for those being treated in the hospital and for our community.”

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Source: WTVM reported the original story.

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