A single gunman opened fire inside a suburban Alabama church Thursday evening, killing two people and wounding a third at a small group meeting before being taken into custody, 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 dispatchers got a call at around 6:20 p.m. reporting an active shooter there.
Ware said a suspect was detained and there was “no threat to the community at this time."
Police declined to identify the suspect or the victims, or provide further details on the attack, saying 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.