St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, was the scene of a shooting Thursday night that left two people dead and one wounded, according to the Vestavia Hills Police Department.
Around 6:22 p.m., officers received a call of an incident at 3775 Crosshaven Drive.
One suspect entered the church gathering and opened fire, according to Capt. Shane Ware. Two of the three victims who were shot have died as a result of their injuries and the third individual is now being treated at a medical facility, according to Ware.
“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,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “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.”
The suspected church shooter is now in the custody of the police and a police conference is set at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, when further details about the incident are likely to be released about the suspect in custody.
Rev. John Burruss, the rector of the church, shared his video on social media account saying that he was “deeply moved by the radical support of love from many people reaching out from all over the country, our clergy, and our first responders who are gathered now with families at St. Stephens.”