Vestavia Hills church shooting: What we know today

Vestavia Hills police are expected to provide more information this morning about a Thursday evening shooting at a St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church potluck supper left two people dead and another seriously injured.

We will have live video here from the 9:30 press conference.

The “lone suspect” was taken into custody after police were called at 6:22 pm to an active shooter at the church.

The victims nor suspect have not yet been identified.

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

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“I ask your prayers for our community, especially those who are injured and the families of the deceased,” the Rev. John Burruss, the church rector, wrote to parishioners Thursday night.

“These are the pillars of our community, and I cannot begin to fathom how painful this is for our entire church, and the larger community,” Burruss added.

A prayer vigil will be held today at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church at 10 am

“We can pray and we can gather,” Burruss said. “We gather because we know that love is the most powerful force in this world, and tonight, and in the days, months, and years that come, will hold onto that truth to know that Christ’s love will always shine.”

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