Shooting at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills leaves 2 dead, 1 injured

Authorities said a gunman opened fire on a small group meeting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama on Thursday, killing two people and injuring another. Watch the latest law enforcement update in the video above. Vestavia Hills police say the suspect is in custody and there is no threat to the public. The surviving victim is being treated at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. “We know of no additional threats to the community of Vestavia Hills or the nearby community of Mountain Brook,” said Cpt. Shane Ware said. Police have not identified the victims or the suspect. VHPD shared this statement on social media at 8pm: “Three people at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church have been shot dead. Two victims are being treated at a local hospital. Sadly, one victim died from his injuries. Another time the suspect is in custody. There is no additional threat to the community. The VHPD would like to express our gratitude to the many local and federal agencies providing assistance to us. Central Time, the Police Department of Vestavia Hills responded to the Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church located at 3775 Crosshaven Drive Vestavia Hills, AL to the call of an active shooter.Several law enforcement agencies and fire departments responded to the scene. VHPD confirms that several people were shot dead. The suspect is in custody. The next press briefing will be at around 8 p.m..” According to the church’s website, there was a “Boomers Potluck” scheduled for 5 p.m. in the church hall today. Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry released the following statement: “With the tragic news that has broken tonight, I offer my sincere condolences to the victims of tonight’s shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. I would also like to thank on behalf of myself and our Vestavia Hills residents the first responders from all agencies who have worked tirelessly since this incident began. Kelley Hudlow of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama spoke to WVTM 13 at the scene about the staff still at the church and the region’s diverse religious community. “We’re going to need a lot of love,” Hudlow said. Watch the interview below. Get the WVTM 13 app for the latest updates on this developing story. Here are the latest statements from state political leaders: Alabama Gov. At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia, we want to offer our prayers for the family of the victim, the injured and the entire church community. I’m glad to hear the shooter is in custody. It should never happen – in a church, in a store, in town or anywhere. We continue to monitor the situation closely.” US Representative Gary Palmer “My team and I are closely monitoring the situation in Vestavia Hills. Please be in prayer for those being treated in hospital and for our community. ”

Authorities said a gunman opened fire on a small group meeting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama on Thursday, killing two people and injuring another. Watch the latest law enforcement update in the video above.

Vestavia Hills police say the suspect is in custody and there is no threat to the public. The surviving victim is being treated at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

“We are not aware of any additional threats to the community of Vestavia Hills or the nearby community of Mountain Brook,” said Cpl. said Shane Ware.

Police have not identified the victims or the suspect.

VHPD shared this statement on social media at 8 p.m.:

“Three people at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church were shot dead. Two victims are being treated at a local hospital. Unfortunately, one victim died from his injuries. Again, the suspect is in custody. There is no no additional threat to the community. The VHPD I would like to express our gratitude to the many local and federal agencies that assist us.”

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

“At approximately 6:22 p.m. Central Time, the Vestavia Hills Police Department responded to Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church located at 3775 Crosshaven Drive Vestavia Hills, AL to a call from an active shooter. Several law enforcement agencies and fire departments responded to the scene. The VHPD confirms that several people were shot. The suspect is in custody. The next press briefing will take place around 8 p.m.

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

Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry released the following statement:

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

Reverend Kelley Hudlow of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama spoke to WVTM 13 at the scene about the staff still at the church and the region’s diverse faith community. “We’re going to need a lot of love,” Hudlow said. Watch the interview below.

Get the WVTM 13 app for the latest updates on this developing story.

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

Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey

“As we learn of the shocking and tragic loss of life at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia, we want to offer our prayers for the family of the victim, the injured and the entire church community. I’m glad to hear the shooter is in custody. It should never happen – in a church, in a store, in town or anywhere. We continue to monitor the situation closely.”

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer

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

Rep. American Terri Sewell

“As we await further details, I keep those affected by tonight’s tragic shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in my prayers.”

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