one dead, two injured in shooting outside Alabama church

A shooting Thursday, June 16 in front of a church in Vestavia Hills in Alabama (southern United States) left one dead and two wounded, announced the city police, adding that a suspect was in custody.

“Three people at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church were hit by bullets. Two victims are in a local hospital receiving treatment. Unfortunately, one victim died of his injuries., details the Vestavia Hills police on its Facebook page. It also specifies that a suspect is currently in custody, and that there is no “no additional threat” for the city. The shooting took place in front of the church shortly after 6:00 p.m. (23:00 GMT), while a “potluck” was organized, a community meal where everyone brings a dish, according to the Saint Stephen’s website.

The United States is going through an outbreak of gun violence, marked in particular by the massacre in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, which left 21 dead, including 19 children. Since the beginning of the year, already more than 20,000 people have died by firearm in the United States, according to the site Gun Violence Archive, which incorporates suicides in its data.

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