A gunman fire inside a suburban Alabama church, killing two people and wounding a third at a small group meeting before being taken into custody Thursday, authorities said.
The attack occurred at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, said Police Capt. Shane Ware.
He said emergency dispatchers got a call at around 6:20 p.m. reporting an active shooter at the church.
A suspect was detained and the wounded victim was being treated at a hospital, Ware said at a press conference late Thursday.
Police declined to identify the suspect or the victims, or provide further details on the attack, and said another briefing was planned Friday.
At an earlier news conference, Ware had said one person was killed and two others hospitalized.
The church’s website listed a “Boomers Potluck” for Thursday night.
There will be no program, simply eat and have time for fellowship,” the flyer read.