Shocking new details have emerged about the suspect behind an explosion in Nashville, Tennessee on Christmas Day.
According to the Washington Examiner, authorities confirmed Sunday that the man behind the explosion was 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner.
“Based on the evidence that we got at this point, we’ve come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber,” U.S. Attorney Don Cochran said, as the Examiner reported.
Police identify bomber in Nashville blast
Early reports from the Associated Press and others first revealed that police had responded to a call of gunfire in downtown Nashville on Friday morning. They arrived to find not gunfire, however, but an RV that was playing a recorded message warning those nearby that a bomb was about to go off.
Police quickly evacuated the area, according to reports, and the vehicle did explode roughly 15 minutes later.
Warner, who was later discovered to have been the owner of the RV, was said to have been killed in the blast, the AP reported Monday.
#Nashville NEW: Law enforcement official tells @CBSNews the @FBI flew tissue sample to its Quantico Va lab for DNA analysis. The TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) also tested a sample. Both DNA tests matched Anthony Quinn. Officials said no indications yet others involved
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 28, 2020
The bombing sent three to the hospital and damaged 41 businesses, including an AT&T building, which caused disruptions to communications in a number of states, reports noted.
Investigators “still following leads”
Thus far, authorities believe Warner acted alone. FBI Special Agent Doug Korneski said on Sunday that they’re “still following leads right now,” but that “[t]here is no indication that any other persons were involved.”
“We reviewed hours of security video surrounding the recreational vehicle as well,” he added, according to the Washington Examiner. “We saw no other people involved around that vehicle.”
The motive behind the bombing remains unclear. On Saturday, investigators spent time searching Warner’s Antioch, Tennessee residence, Fox News reported, and they have also been digging into Warner’s finances and internet history looking for clues.
In the meantime, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake has said the city “is considered safe,” according to the AP. “There are no known threats against this city,” Drake added.