On Christmas Day, the early morning quiet in Nashville, Tennessee was shattered when one of its downtown streets was rocked by a massive explosion.
Although many questions remain unanswered, federal authorities believe they have identified the bomber behind the blast — and they’re claiming he worked alone.
“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 Sunday, according to the Examiner.
Suspect killed in blast
Warner, 63, died inside an RV when it exploded in downtown Nashville, according to authorities. Three others were injured in the blast and needed to be hospitalized, the Examiner reported.
An adjacent AT&T facility was also badly damaged, causing outages in parts of Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. At least 41 other businesses were also damaged in the blast, the Examiner reported.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch told the Examiner that a group of “agents, analysts, and scientists” have all “been assisting in this investigation from the start,” as part of what he called a “collaborative effort.”
Rausch also said that Warner’s remains were found at the scene, and a positive identification was made through DNA analysis. Investigators also recovered a vehicle identification number that traced the RV to Warner.
“At approximately midnight Central Time, forensic scientists with TBI confirmed a match of the DNA at both locations belonging to the person of interest in this case,” Rausch said, as the Examiner reported. “TBI continues to support this ongoing investigation.”
FBI: He acted alone
FBI Special Agent Doug Korneski said the FBI currently believes Warner acted on his own but that the bureau “is still following leads right now.”
“There is no indication that any other persons were involved,” he explained, according to the Examiner. “We reviewed hours of security video surrounding the recreational vehicle as well. We saw no other people involved around that vehicle.”
Korneski said the nation’s top law enforcement agency is questioning all people who knew Warner and has yet to determine a reason for the bombing with “any and all possible motives” being investigated.
One day after the bombing, Newsweek reported that Warner’s late father once worked for BellSouth, a telecommunications company that was acquired by AT&T in 2006. It quoted “a senior law enforcement official” as confirming that the link will likely be pursued by investigators.