On June 16, an Alabama church family enjoyed a potluck and ended up being gunned down in the process. It’s just unimaginable the things that take place in sacred spaces, such as people’s homes and churches.
On Thursday, Kelley Hudlow; missioner for clergy formation for the diocese; told NBC affiliate WVTM of Birmingham earlier that people have been injured; but she did not know more.
“We’re kind of like with everyone else; just waiting to learn more,” she said. “Currently we are praying for healing and safety.”
Luckily the police department responded at 6:22 p.m. on a call for an active shooter. Multiple law enforcement agencies and fire departments were at the scene, police said.
Two People Are In The Hospital And One Was Pronounced Deceased Friday
Sadly the 84-year-old woman died hours after being rushed to a hospital; following the Thursday evening shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church; in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. The suspect, a 71-year-old man; was subdued and held by a person attending the dinner until police arrived; shielding the congregation from further violence; police Capt. Shane Ware said.
Moreover, the 74-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, was attending a “Boomers Potluck” gathering at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, when he at some point “produced a handgun” and “began shooting,” said Vestavia Hills police Capt. Shane Ware. To add, the shooter was no stranger allegedly to the congregation.
“The suspect has previously attended services at this church,” Ware said.