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United States: 2 dead and 1 injured in a shooting in a church in Alabama

A shooting at a church in one of the major cities in Alabama, United States, left two dead and one injured, according to media reports. The suspect, who has not been identified, is currently in custody.

The shooting took place on Thursday evening at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call of an active shooter.

According to media reports, an event called “Boomers Potluck” was planned at the same time as the shooting, but it was unclear whether the violence occurred there.

“We know of no additional threats to the community of Vestavia Hills” or surrounding areas, Police Captain Shane Ware told reporters.

The identity of the victims or the condition of the injured were not immediately available.

The FBI, US Marshals Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives along with other local police and fire departments sent officials to the scene, AP news agency reports.

Reverend Kelley Hudlow, who works in the office of Bishop Glenda Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, told local station WVTM-13 that they are asking the community to come together in support of the victims and their loved ones.

“We are Episcopalians, we believe in Jesus, and we believe prayer helps,” Hudlow said. “Right now we are praying for the healing and safety of all who have been touched and affected.”

The Alabama church shooting is part of a recent string of mass shootings that have taken place across America in recent weeks.

In Buffalo, New York, 10 people were killed in a grocery store; in Uvalde, Texas, 19 children and two teachers were killed in an elementary school; and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, four people were killed at a medical facility.

(With agency contributions)

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