Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – After federal officials identified the man behind the Nashville bombing on Christmas Day, authorities are now focusing on the motive behind the blast, together with the Pike memorial, which severely damaged dozens of suburban buildings and injured three.
On Sunday, authorities said 3-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner was killed in the mysterious blast.
“These answers will not come quickly and will still require a lot of effort on our part,” FBI Special Agent Doug Kornesky told a Sunday news conference. “While we may be able to answer these few questions as our investigation continues, none of these answers will suffice for those affected by these events.”
Hundreds of tips and leads have been submitted to law enforcement agencies in just a few days. So far, however, officials have not provided information on how Warner may have been driven to the blast.
David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told reporters Sunday that Warner was not on the radar before Christmas.
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Furthermore, why officials chose the site for the bombing was that it damaged an AT&T building and continued to wreak havoc in several southern states due to cellphone service and police and hospital communications as the agency worked to recover the service.
According to law enforcement officials, investigators were examining Warner’s digital footprint, and law enforcement said forensic analysts were gathering evidence from the blast site to try to identify the components of the explosives, as well as U.S. bomb data center information for U.S. intelligence and investigative leadership. . Financial history, as well as the recent transfer of a deed to a suburb of Nashville they explore.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, said federal agents checked the possible leads and verified a number of theories, including the possibility of AT&T building being noticed.
Kornesky said Sunday that officers were targeting any and all motives and were interviewing Warner’s acquaintances to try to determine what motivated him.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowded suburban street, warning people nearby that a bomb blast was imminent. Then, for reasons that are never known, the audio moved on to Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown” recording shortly before the explosion.
Warner, who has public records showing experience in electronics and alarms and who also worked as a computer consultant for Nashville Realtor, has been considered a person interested in the bombing since at least Saturday, when federal and local investigators joined them.
Federal agents searched the property and the backyard and found property around. A Google map captured in May 2012 showed a recreational vehicle like a park-like explosion in the backyard, but an Associated Press reporter at the scene said it was not in the property on Saturday.
Police on Sunday morning named Warner as officially under investigation.
Officials said Warner’s identity relied on a number of key pieces of evidence, including DNA found at the site of the explosion. Investigators had earlier revealed that human remains had been found in the vicinity.
Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators recovered parts of the RV from the wreckage of the explosion and they were able to attach Warner’s identification number to an RV that was registered with Warner, officials said.
“We are still pursuing the lead, but at the moment there is no indication that anyone else is involved,” Kornesky said. “We’ve been reviewing safety videos in the vicinity of recreational vehicles for hours. We didn’t see any other people involved. ”
Police were responding to a report of shots fired on Friday when RV was confronted with a recorded warning that the bomb would explode in 15 minutes. Suddenly the alert went off and “Downtown” began to play.
The RVT soon exploded, sending black smoke and flames from the center of the tourist scene in suburban Nashville, the area filled with hunky-tanks, restaurants and shops.
Far from the road blasts that shook buildings and shattered windows, near a building owned by AT&T, one block of the company’s office tower, a landmark in the suburbs.
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But on Sunday, just blocks from where the bombing took place, tourists had already begun to fill the sidewalks in the central entertainment district of Lower Broadway. Some took selfies while others tried to get as close as possible to the site of the blast, with police blocking the barricade.
Earlier in the day, officials who responded to the blast rekindled the moment of the explosion.
“It’s going to bind us together forever,” James Wells, a Metro Nashville police officer who suffered some hearing loss due to the blast, told reporters at a news conference. “Christmas will never be one.”
Officer Brenna Hosey said she and her colleagues knocked on six or seven doors in nearby apartments to warn people to evacuate. He especially remembered the shocked mother of four children.
“I don’t have kids but I have cousins and nieces, the ones I like are younger,” Hussey said, adding that he had to request the family to leave the building as soon as possible.