Federal agents investigating an explosion in Nashville are searching a house to find out why a car bombed and injured three people in the American music capital on Christmas Day.
A motor home parked on a suburb of Tennessee’s largest city exploded on Friday after police responded to a report of gunfire, triggering an automated message from a bomb alert.
Thunderstorms, fires destroyed several vehicles, damaged more than 40 businesses and left a trail of autumns from shattered windows.
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The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a house in Antioch, Tennessee, southeast of Nashville. Witnesses say they were paying special attention to its basement.
The main suspect, Anthony Quinn Warner, is said to have a huge white motor home, now missing. Photo: CBS
Officials declined to name the person involved in the blast, but CBS News reported that the investigation revealed public Anthony Quinn Warner, 3, who recently lived at the address, according to public records.
Google Street View images of the house since 2012 show that the driveway looks like a white motor home. Neighbors told TV station WKRN that the recreational vehicle had been parked there for years and was now gone.
“Once we have processed the scene, we will look at the evidence and what we have found from this dwelling and how it fits into this investigation,” said Faryn spokeswoman Darrell Debusk from the home.
“At the moment we are not prepared to identify a single person,” added FBI Special Agent Doug Kornesky in charge.
Kornesky told reporters that investigators were “working hard” to identify what was found in the wreckage in human form.
He denied the allegations to investigators, saying it was “intentional work.”
Kornesky said the FBI’s Quantico, Virginia-based behavioral analysis unit helps determine the motivation of the person responsible.
The car was parked outside an AT&T Inc. office, and the blast shut down extensive telephone, Internet and TV services in several areas of Central Tennessee and several neighboring states, including Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia.
Joining the clandestine nature of Friday’s incident was a surprising presentation described by police and witnesses – a shooting spree after which a female voice, apparently computer-generated from the RV, repeated a one-minute countdown to the impending bombing.
Police evacuated nearby homes and buildings for the attack and called in a bomb squad, RV was exploded at the scene.
Police later posted a picture of the motor home, which they said came to the area about five hours before the explosion.
Officials said 41 businesses were damaged and three people were hospitalized with minor injuries.