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Police said in a statement that the shooter pulled a gun and opened fire during the dinner, a “Boomers Potluck” gathering attended by other church members.
Emergency dispatchers got a call at around 6:20 p.m. Thursday reporting an active shooter at the church.
He killed Walter Rainey, an 84-year-old man from Irondale, Alabama, and Sarah Yeager, a 75-year-old woman from Pelham, Alabama, police said in the statement. A third person, an 84-year-old woman from Hoover, Alabama, was injured and getting treatment at a local hospital.
Ware said a person in the room who police did not identify stepped in, restrained the suspect, and held him until police arrived.
Ware called the man a “hero” and said his actions were “extremely critical in saving lives.”
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