Alabama church shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured at St. Stephen's Episcopal, shooter in custody
Alabama church shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, shooter in custody
St. Stephens Episcopal

Carol Robinson, Howard Koplowitz

Three people were shot, one fatally, Thursday evening at a Vestavia Hills church, according to police.

Police were called at about 6:22 p.m. to an active shooter at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 3775 Crosshaven Dr.

The two surviving victims are seriously injured and are being treated at UAB Hospital.

The suspected shooter is in custody. “We know of no additional threat to either the community of Vestavia Hills or our neighboring community of Mountain Brook,” said Vestavia Hills police Capt. Shane Ware.

The names of the victims were not released.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal

“You never want something like this to happen in your community,” said Kelley Hudlow, who works in the bishop’s office.

“It is shocking that it happened here but we are going to love each other and take care of each other and find our way forward,” Hudlow added.

“We are praying for the people who have been hurt, the doctors and nurses that are helping them and we are also praying for this community that is going to be shocked and hurt by this.”

Several police and fire departments, including Mountain Brook, Hoover, Jefferson and Shelby County sheriff’s offices, the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, and Rocky Ridge fire, responded to the scene, Ware said.

The incident happened during a “Boomers Potluck” dinner that started at 5 p.m. at the church.

More information is expected to be given shortly after 9 p.m.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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