During a shooting incident that took place on Thursday inside a church in Alabama, at least two people killed and two others were injured.
Before 6:30 o’clock in the evening, according to the authorities, three persons were shot inside of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, which is a suburb of Birmingham.
The Vestavia Police Department provided an update on Thursday evening, stating that two of the shooting victims are being treated at a local hospital and that a third victim has passed away from their injuries.
They also added that a suspect was in custody and that there is no additional threat to the community.
The initial statement from the authorities stated that “several people” had been shot.
The identities of the victims have not yet been determined.
The Vestavia police department received a call about an “active shooter” inside the church, according to Captain Shane Ware of the Vestavia police department, who informed reporters at a briefing that numerous other law enforcement agencies and fire departments were dispatched to the scene.
He said, “I do want to repeat to you that the suspect engaged in this event is currently in custody.”
The website of the church states that when the shooting started, the building was in the middle of hosting a “Boomers Potluck.”
The shooting comes in the wake of a string of high-profile mass shootings that have taken place across the United States, claiming the lives of dozens of people, including 19 students and two instructors at an elementary school in Texas at the end of the previous month.