Mark Anthony Conditt: Who is the Austin bombing suspect?
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 22, 2018,
Mar 22, 2018, 0:57
The young man behind the attacks was identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed 23-year-old who bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot. "This is the culmination of three very long weeks in our community".
The man was killed after he detonated an explosive as officers approached his auto following a chase in Round Rock, north of the Texas state capital.
Last year, Trump also called for the suspect in an attack on NY that left eight people dead to face the death penalty. Officials followed, and the man pulled to the side of southbound I-35.
"We don't know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left throughout the community", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told CNN.
The governor added that the suspect is believed to have lived with two roommates, who are not now considered suspects, and was not a military veteran. He will be placed on administrative duty, per APD policy.
"The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle", Manley told reporters.
Police do not know of his motive for the bombings. Round Rock ISD said classes would run as scheduled but added that they would accept late arrivals due to traffic. APD will conduct an internal investigation into the officer-involved shooting, the Texas Rangers will also investigate, and the police monitor will be involved as well, Manley confirmed. The public is advised to stay away from the area as agencies work. Manley said the suspect is believed to be responsible for all the major Austin bombings.
"We are devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an terrible way", she said.
Another media outlet in Austin received surveillance photos of what appears to be the suspect inside the FedEx shipping store on Brodie Lane.
The photos show the person, possibly wearing a wig and gloves, carrying two packages.
As police investigate his home in nearby Pflugerville, nearby homes are being evacuated, the Associated Press reported, as authoritites prepare to use a robot to deal with possible explosives.
Anthony Stephan House, 39, died from injuries he suffered after opening the package.
Second bombing: The second explosion took place on March 12, around 6:50 a.m.at a home located on Oldfort Hill Drive, which is near East Martin Luther King Jr. Draylen Mason, 17, died at the scene. The second package was intercepted at a facility near the Austin airport. The third blast happened several hours later and critically injured a 75-year-old woman.
The fourth bombing happened in southwest Austin in the Travis Country neighborhood on Sunday, March 18 around 8:30 p.m. No one was injured in that incident.
As police in Austin, Texas, desperately searched for the person who had left explosive packages all over the city, killing two people, they realized that the bombs had something in common: they were being made from common household ingredients. Another went off at a FedEx sorting facility near San Antonio on Tuesday.
Earlier, CCTV images of a "person of interest" were shared on U.S. media showing a white male with blond hair carrying a number of large packages at a FedEx store in Austin.
Authorities also closed off an Austin-area FedEx store where they believe the bomb that exploded in Schertz was shipped.
Mr Abbot said the suspect did not destroy his online footprint, which may provide investigators with a "treasure trove of information that should shed light on who he is, what he did, and why he was doing it".