In a case that is now being investigated as a hate crime, the gunman opened fire on an Oregon church on Sunday, killing six people and wounding dozens.
The incident, which occurred just over a week after a mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina, was described as an act of “domestic terrorism” by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and the gunman, who was killed in the shooting, reportedly told a 911 dispatcher that he planned to “kill everybody” in the church.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other officials have described the shooting as a “terrorist attack” and said the state would work with local law enforcement to prevent further acts of terrorism.
In a press conference, Rosenblums office said the Oregon State Police are working with local authorities to identify a motive for the shooting and investigate possible bias-motivated bias.
The state also said it would investigate the church’s pastor, James L. Harte, who has been a pastor at the church since 2010.
Harte, the church pastor, is a former state senator and Republican who has led a coalition of conservative groups and faith leaders in Oregon to push for more gun control legislation, including a ban on assault weapons.
Rosenblum said that Harte has called for the state to ban assault weapons and a ban “on military-style weapons that can be used in mass shootings” and “all handguns that can easily be converted to fire more than 10 bullets.”
The FBI is also investigating, the Oregon Department of Public Safety said.
According to the FBI, Harte also called on the state legislature to ban semiautomatic assault rifles, which are the most common type of assault weapon.
The shooting occurred as a church service was being held in the historic Salem Village neighborhood of Salem, about 45 miles northwest of Portland.
The church is about 15 miles from Portland.
Authorities said at least one other person was wounded and a woman was arrested.
After the shooting was over, the pastor, who is black, was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.
A woman was also taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition.
According to Oregon Attorney Generals office, the shooter is a white male in his 30s, who wore a red sweatshirt and was carrying a black pistol.
He was reportedly carrying a long rifle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.