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Two dead, one wounded in another US shooting

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A shooting at a religious building in the United States (US) state of Alabama left two people dead and one wounded on Thursday, police said.

It happened in the town of Vestavia Hills and a suspect is in custody, the town’s police department said on Facebook.

The shooting took place as a potluck dinner is being held.

Police captain Shane Ware told reporters a lone assailant entered the building and started shooting.

Three people were hit: Two have died and the other is being treated, he said.

The US is in the midst of a particularly gruesome chapter of its epidemic of gun violence.

People gather after a shooting in Vestavia, Alabama. PHOTO: AP