2 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Alabama church

Two people were killed and a third was injured when a gunman opened fire inside a church near Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday, police said

A suspect in the evening shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills is in custody, police said.

"From what we've gathered from the circumstances of this evening, a lone suspect entered a small group church meeting and began shooting,"

The suspect's identity was not immediately released.

The third person who was injured was being treated at a hospital, he said.

A motive in the shooting was not disclosed.

Police were expected to conduct another briefing Friday morning.

Kelley Hudlow, missioner for clergy formation for the diocese

“We are praying for everyone that is involved,” she said.