A shooting in an Alabama church took three lives, devastating the community with the tragic news. Locals respond with prayers, gathering in the site’s parking lot.
Alabama Church Shooting
The event happened inside St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills. According to the media reports, church members gathered to celebrate a “Boomers” potluck dinner last Thursday night.
The police revealed the shooter as a fellow “boomer.” He was 71 years old and attended church services occasionally.
Captain Chane Ware said, “A lone suspect entered a small group church meeting and began shooting.” As a result, three people were shot and killed.
Walter Rainey, 84 years old, was killed inside the church. At the same time, Sarah Yeager, 75, died after being rushed to the hospital. The last victim survived the night but eventually succumbed to her injuries the next day.
Prayers for healing
Rev. Kelly Hudlow participated in leading the community into prayer. They responded to the incident with a surrendering heart to God. Hudlow said, “The community needs to be lifted up in healing through prayer and unity.”
Meanwhile, Captain Chane commended the efforts of an elderly man who pinned down the shooter. “The person that subdued the suspect, in my opinion, was a hero,” he said.
The “hero” was also in his 70s and an attendee of the same church. When the gunman opened fire, he immediately took a folding chair and hit the suspect with it. He then wrestled the suspect to the ground and successfully retrieved the gun, hitting the shooter’s head with it. He pinned him down until law enforcement arrived.
Because of his quick actions, many were spared from further tragedy.
Lynda Montana, a decades-member of St. Stephens, expressed her grief with their church’s happening. “It’s the (most) loving, small, comfortable church,” she said. “It’s very community-oriented and very loving.”
Let us continue to pray for the bereaved friends and loved ones. Moreover, continue to pray for the mass shootings in the country.
Reference: CBN News
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