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 and injuring another. Watch the latest update from law enforcement in the video above. Vestavia Hills police said 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 threat to either the community of Vestavia Hills or the neighboring community of Mountain Brook,” Cpt. Shane Ware said.Police have not identified the victims or the suspect.Police shared this statement on social media at 7 pm:”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 pm 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. Get the WVTM 13 app for the latest updates on this developing story. 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.”US 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.”US Rep. Terri Sewell”As we wait for additional details, I’m keeping those impacted by tonight’s tragic shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in my prayers. ”

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 and injuring another. Watch live coverage on WVTM 13 or above.

Vestavia Hills police said 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 threat to either the community of Vestavia Hills or the neighboring community of Mountain Brook,” Cpt. Shane Ware said.

Police have not identified the victims or the suspect.

Police shared this statement on social media at 7 pm:

“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. 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 pm 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.

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

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.”

US 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.”

US Rep. Terri Sewell

“As we wait for additional details, I’m keeping those impacted by tonight’s tragic shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in my prayers.”

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