ATF investigators are searching for a suspect they believe is responsible for setting six black churches on fire near Ferguson, the New York Daily News reports.
The arsons began on Oct. 8, with the most recent occurring this weekend.
ATF stopped short of saying the motive was racial or religious.
“We believe this fire-setting activity is meant to send a message,” ATF spokesperson John Ham wrote in a statement announcing a $2,000 reward Tuesday. “We believe this activity may be the result of stress experienced in the subject’s life.”
No one was inside the churches when they were set afire.
“This is a spiritually sick person,” Rev. David Triggs, a pastor with the New Life Missionary, said.
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