Multiple people have been shot at a church potluck dinner in Alabama with the suspect taken into custody, according to police.
The Vestavia Hills Police Department says the violence unfolded at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the suburb of Birmingham on Thursday evening.
“At approximately 6.22pm Central Time the Vestavia Hills Police Department responded to Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church located at 3775 Crosshaven Drive Vestavia Hills, AL on a call of an active shooter. Multiple law enforcement agencies and fire departments responded to the scene. The VHPD confirms multiple people were shot. The suspect is in custody,” the department said in a statement.
According to the church’s website, there was a “Boomers Potluck” at 5pm in the Parish Hall today.
“We have multiple people that have been shot,” Capt. Shane Ware with the Vestavia Hills Police Department told reporters.
Authorities have not made public the nature or severity of the injuries. The victims were taken to hospitals in Birmingham, Alabama, including UAB and Grandview Medical Center.
Reverend Kelley Hudlow with the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama spoke to WVTM 13 at the scene of the shooting.
“We’re gonna need a lot of love,” Rev Hudlow told the station.
“We’re kind of like with everyone else, just waiting to learn more,” she said. “Currently we are praying for healing and safety.”
“You don’t think it’s going to happen here, and it’s scary.”
Police said numerous law enforcement agents, along with emergency crews, were at the scene and that more information would be made available later.
Vestavia Hills is a city of around 39,000 southeast of Birmingham.