Several people shot dead in Alabama church

Several people were shot dead in a church in Alabama and a suspect was arrested.

Police said the shooting took place at St Stephens Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills on Thursday evening.

Authorities received a call reporting an active shooter at 6:22 p.m.

Police confirmed that several people had been shot but did not give the number of victims or their conditions.

Police did not identify the detained person or give details of what happened.

Numerous law enforcement officers, as well as rescue teams, are at the scene.

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