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One Shot Dead, 2 Injured in Alabama Church

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An identified gunman by the police has attacked a small group church meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, leaving one person dead and injuring two other persons.

One Shot Dead, 2 Injured in Alabama Church

The incident happened on Thursday, when a single gunman opened fire at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church while meeting is on going.

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The suspect, not identified publicly, is in custody, according to Captain Shane Ware of the Vestavia Hills Police Department. The surviving victim is being treated at a hospital for undisclosed wounds.

“From what we’ve gathered from the circumstances of this evening, a lone suspect entered a small group church meeting and began shooting,” Mr Ware said.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey sent her condolences, in a statement, saying she was offering prayers to the victims and the community.

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“I am glad to hear the shooter is in custody,” Ms Ivey said. “This should never happen — in a church, in a store, in the city or anywhere. We continue to closely monitor the situation.”

This attack on a religious gathering comes a month after one person was killed and five others were left injured in a Southern California church shooting.

The series of gun violence had triggered a response by United States lawmakers who voted last week to set a minimum age of 21 for purchasing semi-automatic weapons.

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The vote in the U.S. House of Representatives was part of a wider gun control bill that recommends lifting the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle and restricting the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds.

The vote was 223-204 in favor, with 228-199 in favour of raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic weapons.

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