‘Hero’ Church-Goer Subdued Active Shooter, Police Say

‘Hero’ Church-Goer Subdued Active Shooter, Police Say


Police announced on Friday that a “hero” church-goer subdued an active shooter who killed two people and injured another at an Alabama church on Thursday night.

The lone suspect, who was an “occasional attendee of the church” and a 71-year-old white male, attended a dinner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Thursday night, Vestavia Hills Police Department Captain Shane Ware stated during a press conference on Friday morning. The suspect began shooting at some point with a handgun, striking three victims, until he was stopped by a church-goer.

 “Another attendee at the event subdued the suspect, and held him down until law enforcement arrived,” Ware reported. Ware referred to the person who subdued the suspect as a “hero,” noting that the act of heroism was “extremely critical

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