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Police: 2 Dead, 1 Hurt in Church Shooting; Suspect Detained

Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church

Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church

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Vestavia Hills, Ala. (AP) -- A lone suspect fired on a small group meeting at a suburban church near one of Alabama's major cities Thursday evening, fatally wounding two people and injuring a third before being taken into custody, authorities said.

The attack occurred at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, Police Capt. Shane Ware said. He said officers rushed to the church after dispatchers got a call reporting an active shooter at the church at 6:22 p.m.