VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Police say at least two people are dead and another injured after a shooting at a Vestavia Hills church on Thursday night.
According to Vestavia Hills Police Department (VHPD) Captain Shane Ware, police responded to the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the 3700 block of Crosshaven Drive just after 6:20 p.m. on reports of an active shooter.
Authorities initially confirmed that “multiple people” were injured in the shooting but did not disclose how many or the severity of the injuries. It was later announced that one person was killed and two people were transported to a local hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries. One of those two later died at the hospital.
Police say several law enforcement agencies responded to the area and a suspect has been taken into custody. There do not believe there is any threat to the community.
According to the church’s Facebook page, there was a potluck scheduled at the church Thursday evening.
On Thursday night, Governor Kay Ivey released a statement about the deadly incident.
“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,” Ivey stated. “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,” the governor continued. “We continue to closely monitor the situation
The Mountain Brook Police Department says they are assisting with the investigation and asked residents to avoid the area.