A shooting at a church in the US state of Alabama left two people dead and one more injured on Thursday, police said.

The events took place at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church located in the Vestavia Hills neighborhood, after which a suspect was arrested, the police department said on its Facebook account.

Police Captain Shane Ware told the press that a lone shooter entered the church and started shooting hitting three people, two died and a third is being treated.

The shooting took place during a potluck dinner activity, according to the church’s website.

The United States is in the midst of a particular uptick in gun violence, with the worst case occurred at school elementary school in the town of Uvalde, Texas, which left a balance of 19 minors and two teachers killed by a shooter on May 24.

Since the beginning of the year more than 20,000 people have died from the violenceby firefighters In America, according to the NGO Gun Violence Archive, including deaths by suicide.

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