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New CCTV Released By Nashville Police Shows Devastators power of a bomb it was inside a motor home and detonated on Christmas day.
The present day authorities identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the Nashville bomber after comparing his DNA with remains found at the blast site.

DNA taken from the scene was compared to Warner’s by forensic analysts, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said at a news conference.

Seconds before an MNPD camera recorded an explosion on 2nd Ave N & Commerce St in Nashville.
Seconds before an MNPD camera recorded an explosion on 2nd Ave N & Commerce St in Nashville. (Metro Nashville Police Department)
The RV explodes on a quiet city street.
The RV explodes on a quiet city street. (Metro Nashville Police Department)
A massive fireball fills the street in Nashville on Christmas Day.
A huge fireball fills the Nashville street on Christmas Day. (Metro Nashville Police Department)
Authorities identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the Nashville shooter after comparing his DNA with remains found at the blast site.
Authorities identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the Nashville shooter after comparing his DNA with remains found at the blast site. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

Warner, 63, of nearby Antioch, Tennessee, had already been identified as a person of interest in the RV explosion.

There is no indication that anyone else is involved and the motive has not been determined, said Douglas Korneski, the FBI special agent in charge of the Memphis field office.

During a press conference, Agent Korneski declined to comment when asked if the explosion could be considered national terrorism.

Forensic analysts at the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation compared DNA taken from the scene of the blast with that from Warner, Agent Korneski said.

The RV’s vehicle identification number also matched Warner’s, he said.

Investigators were able to quickly compare DNA samples to Warner’s because they were able to collect DNA from family members, Agent Korneski said.

Authorities previously said they believed Warner’s remains were found at the blast site, according to several law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation, who spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity.

The FBI also collected DNA from Warner’s home, which they began searching on Saturday, those sources said.

The aftermath of the Nashville bomb.
The aftermath of the Nashville bomb. (Nashville Fire Department)

Authorities went to a house after the explosion.

Public records show that Warner owned a home on Bakertown Road in Antioch until Nov. 25, 2020, when he signed a deed of resignation giving ownership of the home to a woman.

Federal investigators were at the home Saturday conducting “court-authorized activities,” said FBI spokesman Jason Pack.

Pump technicians cleared the home to make sure it was safe for the test team to enter, Pack said, but they did not confirm who lives at that address.

A notice about the caravan involved in the blast led law enforcement officers to the Bakertown Road home, a law enforcement officer said.

A caravan seen on Google Street View at the home appears to match the image authorities released when they asked the public for information about the vehicle.

Investigators believe that the RV seen in the photos is the same one at the center of the blast, the police source said, but they cannot be sure because it was destroyed by the blast.

Analysis of Google Street View images indicates that the RV has been on the property since at least April 2013.

Two neighbors said they had definitely seen the motorhome shown in the Google satellite photos.

They said that while they hadn’t been out much in the colder weather, they recall seeing him parked there over the summer.

Warner had previously transferred his other property on Bakertown Road to the same woman in 2019, according to public records.

FBI and ATF agents search a house in Nashville, Tennessee.
FBI and ATF agents search a house in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP)
Investigators remove items from the basement of a house
Investigators remove items from the basement of a house. (AP)

Warner previously held an explosives permit driver’s license

Warner received an explosive user permit handler license in November 2013 that expired in November 2016, public records show.

He was also issued an alarm contractor license in November 1993, which expired in 1998, according to Tennessee license records.

One man who hired Warner as a computer consultant said that “Tony Warner we knew is a good person who never showed any behavior that was anything but professional.”

Steve Fridrich of Fridrich & Clark LLC said in a statement that Warner worked for his real estate agency as an independent contractor for several years, servicing the firm’s computers.

Warner said earlier this month that it would be retiring and that the company has not had contact with Warner since then, Fridrich said.

When he learned that Warner was a suspect in the bombing, Fridrich said he notified authorities about the work he had done for his company.

Authorities will work to determine the type of explosive used, be it commercial or military, or something homemade.
Authorities will work to determine the type of explosive used, be it commercial or military, or something homemade. (AP)
An explosion that shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured three people.
An explosion that shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured three people. (AP)

Officials have not linked the explosions to terrorism

Investigators are looking at “each and every possible motive” for the attack, Agent Korneski said during today’s press conference.

Agent Korneski was asked about Warner associates who were being questioned about Warner’s possible beliefs about telecommunications.

“We are not in a position to speculate on that now,” Agent Korneski said, adding that they are interviewing people who knew Warner or were familiar with his ideology.

The bombing has not been considered an act of internal terrorism because it would have to be linked to an ideology or committed to promote a political or social ideology, Agent Korneski said.

Officials have not linked the explosion in any way to terrorism, and according to a federal law enforcement source, there were no known credible threats in the Nashville area that would have signaled an imminent attack on or before Christmas.

A second law enforcement source said federal authorities are unaware of an increase in nationwide conversations by known extremist groups that indicate credible plans to carry out attacks during the holidays.

While investigators continue to collect information on who may have been responsible for the blast and why they did it, one expert says the blast was likely not supposed to cause a mass carnage.

“What makes this so disconcerting is the fact that the person or persons who conspired to do this do not appear to have an interest in causing any mass casualties,” said James Gagliano, a retired FBI supervisory special agent.

Mayor John Cooper said the explosion “clearly occurred when no one was going to be around.”

“It would be a different message if it was 5 pm on a Friday,” the mayor said.

“It seems intentional, but it seems unique.”


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