Nashville police key in on person of interest in Christmas bombing

Authorities appear to be making progress in their investigation of the explosion that rocked Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas Day.

CBS News reports that investigators have now identified at least one suspect that could be responsible for the incident. 

“CBS News has learned that police have a person of interest or persons of interest in connection with the explosion that rocked Nashville on Christmas Day,” the outlet tweeted.

Who is it?

On Saturday, CBS reported that investigators had identified Anthony Quinn Warner as a “person of interest.”

CBS’s Jeff Pegues reports “multiple sources” as describing Warner as a “Nashville area resident” who “had a similar make and model RV” to the one at the center of the explosion.

Later in the day, CBS reported that authorities now believe that Warner could have been killed in the explosion.

“Law enforcement sources tell CBS News the leading theory is that the suspect may have been killed in the explosion in Nashville,” the outlet reported. “DNA tests on human remains found at the scene are being conducted to determine if they belong to the suspect or to someone else.”

What happened?

According to John Drake, Nashville’s police chief, his department received a report of shots fired downtown on Christmas morning. But, that’s not what they found when they arrived on the scene.

“As officers responded, they encountered an RV that had a recording saying that a potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes,” Drake said. At that point, the officers worked to get the area evacuated. Those officers, all of whom survived, have since been recognized for their efforts.

The RV did explode causing a large amount of damage. According to authorities, the explosion was intentional but was done so as “to limit casualties.” Reports have indicated that possible human remains were found at the scene, but that those remains have yet to be identified.

It was in searching for the RV that authorities were led to Warner, although it has still not been confirmed that Warner is responsible for what happened. The motivation behind the explosion has also not been identified.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper (D) has signed an executive order implementing a curfew as the investigation continues.

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