An unknown person opened fire at a church in Alabama on Thursday evening, killing two people and wounding one other, the authorities said.
A suspect is in custody after the shooting. Two people were killed and one was injured.
Shane Ware said officers responded to reports of an active shooter at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, at about 6:22 p.m. local time.
Ware added that a suspect is in custody and that there were no additional threats to the community.
The injured victim was being treated at a hospital, and the condition was not immediately known, Captain Ware said.
“From what we’ve gathered from the circumstances of this evening.
A lone suspect entered a small group church meeting and began shooting,” Ware said at a news briefing late Thursday.
Ware did not identify the shooter or say if investigators had determined a motive.
The person injured in the shooting was being treated at a local hospital, Ware confirmed. The identities of the victims or the condition of the injured person were not immediately available.
Rev. John Burruss said
“I’m deeply moved by the radical support of love from many people reaching out from all over the country,” he said.
He added that in the coming days, the church would share ways to “pray and to gather.”
“That is what we do as people of faith,” he said. “We come together in midst of life and death.”