Nashville Christmas Bomber, Anthony Quinn Warner not only shattered the Downtown, But Many a Stereotypes

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Source: CNN

Anthony Quinn Warner has been identified as the Nashville bomber, said Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, during a Sunday evening news conference.

Antioch HS yearbook: Anthony Quinn Warner high school photo

“We’ve come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off and then he perished,” Cochran said.DNA taken from the scene was matched to Warner by forensic analysts, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch.

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake named Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, of Antioch, Tennessee, as a key person in the investigationinto the explosion of a recreational vehicle in Nashville early Christmas morning.

“That is a person of interest — still there could be several more,” Drake said.Authorities believe Warner’s remains were found at the blast site, according to several law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The FBI is waiting for results of DNA testing to confirm the identity. Investigators are gathering DNA from Warner’s family members and home, which they began searching Saturday, according to the sources.Authorities have gathered other evidence that leads them to believe Warner was driving the RV and died in the blast, those officials told CNN, although they did not provide specifics about what that evidence is.CNN has attempted to contact Warner’s family members but has not heard back.

Authorities continue to investigate the Christmas morning blast that dealt another blow to a city its mayor says has already had its “hardest year” yet.

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  1. The suspect behind the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville has been identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, authorities confirmed during a press conference Sunday.

    Police said Warner owned the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville early Friday, and that he died during the blast.

    Metro Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron confirmed Warner’s identity to the Associated Press on Sunday. He did not provide any more details. However, Warner had experience with electronics and alarms, according to public records.

    Warner was believed to have lived at the home in Antioch, Tenn., searched for several hours Saturday by the FBI and several other law enforcement agencies. The home address on Google Earth shows the same RV parked in different places on the property dating back several years.

    It appears to be a “lone wolf” situation, but the motive remains under investigation. Authorities do not believe the city of Nashville is in danger.

  2. FBI agents searched a home in Antioch and visited a real estate office in Nashville in connection with the bombing. An FBI spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, that Warner lives at the home.

    500 tips come in: FBI investigates Christmas Day explosion in Nashville

    Neighbors told The Tennessean that an RV similar to the one in the explosion was parked at the home within the past two weeks.

    FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said agents visited Fridrich & Clark Realty’s Green Hills office. Owner Steve Fridrich said the company reported to the FBI that Warner had worked for the company.

    “We are one of the nearly 500 people who so far have contacted them with tips,” Fridrich said.

    Warner is a longtime area resident who held several IT jobs, including one as an independent computer technician with Fridrich & Clark, and public records show he had extensive experience with electronics and alarm systems. Warner has been embroiled in legal battles over real estate with family members in recent years.

    Steve Schmoldt and his wife have lived next to Warner for more than two decades. Schmoldt described his neighbor as friendly, someone with whom he would make brief small talk. They never discussed politics or religion, and Warner never gave any indication of any closely held ideology, Schmoldt said.

    “I can tell you as far as politics, he never had any yard signs or flags in his window or anything like that,” Schmoldt said. “If he did have any political beliefs he kept, that was something he kept to himself.”

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