Nashville bombing mystery: Questions could be answered 'relatively soon,' mayor says
NASHVILLE - The Christmas morning explosion that pierced part of downtown was an intentional bomb attack and "feels" like it has a connection to the AT&T building, which was badly damaged in the explosion, Mayor John Cooper said On Sunday.
Two days after a recreational vehicle was blown up on historic Second Avenue, injuring three people and damaging more than 40 companies, no motive for the attack was known.
"There must be a connection to the AT&T facility and the location of the bombing," Cooper told CBS 'Face the Nation.
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Cooper cited "a lot of momentum behind the investigation" and said he expected "many questions to be answered relatively soon".
Nashville police chief John Drake confirmed that 63-year-old Anthony Q. Warner is interested in the case. FBI agents searched a house in Antioch and visited a real estate office in Nashville in connection with the bombing. An FBI spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, that Warner lives at home.
500 tips come in: The FBI is investigating the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville
The neighbors told The Tennessean that an RV similar to the one in the explosion has been parked indoors for the past two weeks.
FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said agents also visited the Green Hills office of Fridrich & Clark Realty. Owner Steve Fridrich said the company reported to the FBI that Warner had previously worked for the company.
"We are one of almost 500 people who have so far contacted you with tips," said Fridrich.
Anthony Quinn Warner: The interested person had been in electronics for many years
Warner, 63, is a long-time local resident who has held multiple IT jobs throughout his life. Federal agencies are searching the city for more information. Public records indicate that he has extensive experience with electronics and alarm systems. Most recently he worked as an independent computer technician at Fridrich & Clark. Warner has also been involved in real estate litigation with family members in recent years.
Nashville police responded to a report of gunfire fired just before 6:00 a.m. on Friday and discovered a suspicious RV parked outside the AT&T building. Officers and witnesses heard a broadcast from the motor home with a terrible warning: “Evacuate now. There's a bomb there. A bomb is in this vehicle and will explode. "
Regarding the bizarre sequence of events: During the evacuation efforts, Officer James Luellen said he heard a song about the motor home. An ATF agent identified it as "Downtown" from Petula Clark, a mega-hit with the highest score. In 1965.
"Downtown": Petula Clark song played by RV before the Nashville bombshell went off
No deaths have been confirmed, but authorities said they are working to determine the identity of tissue samples that are human remains found at the crime scene. The damage to the AT&T building was so severe that the police emergency systems in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama were out of order for the whole day.
AT&T said the outage continued to affect 911 operations and housing service on Sunday, although coverage has improved, according to the company. The building suffered "significant damage" from the explosion, AT&T reported in a statement, including elevators, beams and the building's facade.
ATF and law enforcement officers are investigating the explosion on Christmas Day on Saturday, December 26, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Authorities believe that one on Second Ave. Parked RV caused the explosion in "act of intent" and cordoned off several blocks in downtown Nashville The FBI and other local, state and federal agencies are continuing their investigation.
The destruction spread across several blocks, and evidence is strewn among the rubble and broken glass. US attorney Don Cochran said the vast field of debris posed a challenge to bomb technicians, a "giant puzzle created by a bomb that throws evidence over several city blocks".
More than 500 tips from citizens fueled the investigation, and more than 250 FBI agents and staff worked on the case, Cochran said.
Authorities disclosed few details about the individual, the ongoing search in Antioch, or the ongoing analysis of the sprawling crime scene on Second Avenue. There were no searches or announcements about a suspect.
"Let me repeat that Nashville is safe," said Police Chief John Drake on Saturday.
Anthony Quinn Warner can be seen in his 1974 Antioch High School yearbook photo.
Cooper and Drake urged residents to stay away from downtown while the investigation continues.
"We ask you to be patient," said Drake. "You know the federal government is doing this investigation and when they get through the scene they will try to cut this down as quickly as possible to where we can try to get you back into your business."
Featuring: Yihyun Jeong and Adam Tambourine, Nashville Tennessean
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Downtown Nashville Bombing: Home Wanted by Anthony Quinn Warner
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