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The alleged gunman, who was accused of shooting during an Alabama church event, was an occasional member of the congregation who is believed to have acted alone, police said Friday.

The 71-year-old gunman, whose name was not immediately released, is expected to be charged with the Capitol murder for shooting dead two people late Friday: an 84-year-old man, Walter Renee, and a 75-year-old woman, Sarah Yeager, Vestavia Hills Police Captain Shane Weir told reporters at a news conference Friday morning. A third was injured.

Vare said the person present at the event detained the suspect and arrested him until law enforcement. Suspected pending charges are in the possession of law enforcement.

Two killed, one injured in Alabama church shooting; Suspect in custody

The police captain called the man who stopped the gunman a ‘hero’.

Police are investigating after a gunman opened fire at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, killing two people and injuring one.

Police are investigating after a gunman opened fire at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, killing two people and injuring one.
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Alabama police officer avoids killer execution

Police responded just before 6:30 pm local time on Thursday to a report of an active shooter at the “Boomers Potluck” event at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Crosshaven Drive. In Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Three people were injured.

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Police have not yet released any information about the motive of the suspect.

This is evolving news. Please check back for updates.