Active shooter at Vestavia Hills church leaves 1 dead and 2 hurt after gunfire during St Stephen's Episcopal potluck | The Sun

MULTIPLE people have reportedly been shot during a potluck dinner at a church as cops search and evacuate the building.

Police confirmed there are two injured victims and one deceased victim, but could not confirm their identities.

Police responded to reports of an active shooter at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church at around 6.22pm local time.

The victims were reportedly taken to different hospitals in the area, including UAB and Grandview Medical Center.

A suspect is reportedly in custody.

A motive is not yet known.


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The building is still being cleared, police said in an update.

The Mountain Brook Police Department is assisting at the scene, in addition to other fire and law enforcement officials.

Police said in a press briefing just after 8pm local time that there is no ongoing threat to the community.

“We know of no additional threat to either the community of Vestavia Hills or our neighboring community of Mountain Brook,” said Vestavia Hills police Capt. Shane Ware.

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The investigation remains active and residents are urged to avoid the area near Crosshaven Road and Overton Road. 

Traffic was moving slowly through the area and delays are expected.

Police said the scene remains active and the investigation is ongoing.

St. Stephens Episcopal Church was scheduled to host a "Boomers Potluck" tonight at 5pm in their Parish Hall, according to its website.

The event was open to all, and was the third Thursday potluck the church was hosting.

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Vestavia Hills is located less than 15 minutes south of Birmingham, Alabama.

The US Sun has reached out to the Vestavia Hills Police Department for comment.

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