The 63-year-old suspect who struck Nashville on Christmas morning was killed in an explosion that destroyed his motorhome and damaged more than 40 businesses, authorities said Sunday.
FBI forensic experts matched DNA samples recovered from the field to those of Anthony Q. Warner, who a federal agent searched for a house near Antioch on Saturday.
“We came to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner was a bomber, and he was there and died in the bombing when the bomb went off,” said Donald Cochran, Tennessee Central District Attorney. conference.
Officials said it was too early to discuss the suspect’s motives.
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Parked on the city streets of Tennessee’s largest city, Warner’s motorhome exploded on Friday dawn when police responded to shooting reports and heard silent messages and music from vehicles warning bombs.
The explosion in the heart of the country’s music capital in the United States injured three people, including AT&T exchange centers, and mobile, Internet, and TV services were cut off in central Tennessee and in parts of four other states.
Investigators searched Warner’s home on Saturday, tracking hundreds of information from the public, and visited the Nashville real estate agent, where he worked on the computer.
Steve Fridrich, owner of Fridrich & Clark Realty, has been in the office roughly once a month for Warner to provide computer consulting services for four to five years, and by this month Warner will no longer be working for them by emailing the company. is. According to Friedrich he gave no reason.
“He looked very attractive to us,” Fridrich said in the newspaper. This is different from personality in my opinion.
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Nashville Mayor John Cooper said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” program on Sunday that local officials felt there should be some link between the bombing and the AT&T Inc building.
The damage to the switching center was so great that the AT&T team had to drill an access hole in the debris and pump three feet of water underground to connect the generator to critical equipment. The company said in a statement Sunday that it made “great progress” overnight and restored power to the fourth floor of the building.
At a Sunday press conference, five Nashville police officers on the scene early Friday recalled the dramatic moment just before the explosion, evacuating homes and buildings and calling for a bomb squad. The house burst.
Officer Brenna Hosey told reporters about the moment of the explosion, “I was thrown forward and fell to the ground. “But I was able to catch myself. It was okay.”
Officers were hailed as heroes from city leaders.