‘Hero’ attending luncheon neutralizes shooter whoat an Alabama church on Thursday, killing three members, police said. Police announced in death of third victim Friday afternoon.
Police Captain Shane Ware said the suspect was in in custody, but only identified him as a white male who occasionally attended services at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. in suburb of Birmingham of Vestavia Hills. District Attorney Danny Carr later identified the suspect as Robert Findlay Smith and stated that warrants had been issued. for capital murder of two or more persons. He is being held without bail.
Ware initially said the suspect was 71 years old, but jail records show he is 70 years old. jail shows Smith with big black eye.
Suspect pulled out gun and opened fire According to Ware, other members of the church attended the boomer-boomer meeting during dinner. He killed Walter Rainey, an 84-year-old man from Irondale, Alabama, and Sarah Yeager, 75-yearan elderly woman from Pelham, Alabama, police said. in announcement earlier on Friday.
84-year- an elderly woman from Hoover, Alabama, was also injured in shooting. She was taken to area hospital and died on Friday. The police said in friday afternoon woman statement family asked for her name will not be released.
A person in room at that time of According to Ware, the shooting apprehended the suspect and held him until police arrived.
“The man who arrested the suspect in my opinion is a hero,” Ware told reporters during an early morning press conference on Friday. He said the man’s actions were “extremely critical in Saving lives.” Ware did not identify the man.
Ware said no know how a lot of people attended dinner at the time of shooting.
The suspect acted alone, the threat to health was not presented. communityWare said. Investigators are still looking into the motive for shooting and whether the suspect had any previous interactions with law enforcement agencies.
Emergency dispatchers received call around 18:20 on Thursday, reporting active the shooter at the church, Ware said.
Reportedly posted on on the church’s Facebook page, the church’s pastor, Rev. John Burruss, said he in Greece on pilgrimage with a group of participants and trying to get back to Alabama.
“Most of all I ask for your prayers for our community, especially those who injured and families of dead. These are pillars of our community and I can’t begin understand how it hurts for our whole church and big community,” He wrote.
Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry praised the police response on Friday, saying the cops have “handled this crisis.” in exemplary manner.” He said that his “solid, steadfast, loving community” of 39,000 people were shocked by “this senseless act”. of violence.”
Rev. Rebecca Bridges, assistant rector of the church, led online prayer service on Church Facebook page on Friday morning. She prayed not only for victims and church members who witnessed the shooting, but also “for a person who carried out the shooting.”
“We pray that you work in this man’s heart,” Bridges said. And we pray that you help us forgive.”
bridges, who is currently in London, mentioned other recent mass shootings when she prayed that elected officials in Washington and Alabama “will see what happened at St. Stephen’s andas well as as well as in so many other places, and their hearts will be changed, their minds will be opened.”
“And that our culture will change and our laws will change. in ways to protect everyone of us,” she is added.
There was a shooting on Thursday just over one month afterwhen a man on Taiwanese congregants in church in Southern California. Comes almost seven years the day after killed nine people while studying the Bible in in Charleston, South Carolina.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement late Thursday night mourning what she called a shocking and tragic loss. of life. Although she said she was glad to hear that the suspect in guardianship, she wrote: “This should will never happen – in Church, in a store, in in city or anywhere.”