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    Austin Bombings

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/us/au...ons/index.html

    There's been a series of package bombings in Austin, TX, and it looks to be possibly race-motivated. Hopefully the FBI/ATF will catch the sick bastard who's doing this before somebody gets killed.

    Most recent:
    One person was injured at a site where an incendiary device was found Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said no package bomb was involved and the agency doesn't think the incident is related to the string of package bombs that has hit Austin four times and San Antonio once.

    Earlier, authorities said they were responding to a report of a possible explosion.

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    Given the rate at which bombs are being sent out, it makes me wonder if there's a conspiracy instead of a lone wolf bomber.

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    The conclusion:

    Austin bomber kills himself with explosive device, police say

    A suspect in a wave of bombings that terrorized Austin killed himself with an explosion inside his car as authorities closed in, police in Texas said, ending a manhunt but leaving investigators scrambling to determine whether any bombs remain and if he acted alone.

    The 24-year-old man detonated the bomb early Wednesday on the side of Interstate 35 in Round Rock, north of Austin, as SWAT team members approached him, police said.
    Investigators believe he is responsible for the five explosions that killed two people and injured five others in Austin or south-central Texas since March 2, authorities said. They also warned a wary public not to let down their guard.

    "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 said.

    Latest developments

    • The suspect is white, Manley said, without naming him or saying where he lived.
    • Surveillance video shows this man, wearing gloves and a cap, taking two packages into a FedEx store in the south Austin area, Mayor Steve Adler said. CNN affiliate WOAI published those surveillance images, which the station said were recorded Sunday.
    • Authorities determined in roughly the past two days that this person was someone of interest and believed by late Tuesday that he was the prime suspect, Manley said.
    • Surveillance teams tracked the suspect's vehicle to a hotel in Round Rock, about 20 miles north of Austin. As police waited for tactical units, the vehicle left the hotel, Manley said.
    • SWAT members approached the vehicle, and the suspect detonated a bomb, killing himself and knocking back and injuring a SWAT member, Manley said.
    • A SWAT officer fired his weapon at the suspect, Manley said. It's not clear whether the officer shot him.
    • Police don't yet "understand what motivated him to do what he did," Manley said.
    • "This investigation is still underway, so we cannot say that this was individual acting on their own," Manley said.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/us/au...ons/index.html

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    Austin bomber identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, source says

    Mark Anthony Conditt has been identified as the suspect in the Austin serial bombings, according to a source with direct involvement in the investigation.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/us/au...ons/index.html

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    Funny but I think if this was a person/persons of color it would be called terrorism.

    But because its a white guy it's a lone wolf criminal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Funny but I think if this was a person/persons of color it would be called terrorism.

    But because its a white guy it's a lone wolf criminal.
    It's terrorism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    It's terrorism.
    Completely agree.
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    Austin bomb suspect described himself as a 'psychopath' in confession

    AUSTIN, Texas — The suspected Austin bomber called himself a "psychopath" in a recorded confession and said he felt no remorse for deadly explosions that killed two people and terrorized the city, a congressman said Saturday.

    Investigators are still looking into what motivated 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, but the recording he left on his cell phone shows that he was a "sick individual," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

    "He did refer to himself as a psychopath. He did not show any remorse, in fact questioning himself for why he didn't feel any remorse for what he did," McCaul said.

    Conditt makes no mention of a racial motivation on the recording, but investigators are still looking into that as a possibility, he said. The first three victims were minorities.

    McCaul, a former federal prosecutor who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, spoke at a news conference where he thanked law enforcement officials for bringing the three-week spree to an end. He called the investigation, which included more than 800 officers, a textbook example of how local, state and federal agencies should work together.

    Beginning March 2, police say, Conditt planted bombs in different parts of Austin, killing two people and severely wounding four others. He began by placing explosives in packages left overnight on doorsteps, killing 39-year-old father Anthony Stephan House and 17-year-old musician Draylen Mason and critically injuring 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera. He then rigged an explosive to a tripwire along a public trail, injuring two young men who crossed it. Finally, he sent two parcels with bombs via FedEx, one of which exploded and injured a worker at a distribution center near San Antonio.

    Conditt died after detonating a explosive device early Wednesday as SWAT team officers ran toward his vehicle to arrest him in an Austin suburb. Investigators discovered a roughly 25-minute recording that Conditt had made on his cell phone allegedly confessing to the crimes.

    Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the department will continue withholding the recording from the public as investigators look into Conditt's motive and whether anyone else was involved. He noted that Conditt's two roommates have been questioned and said that several more people will be interviewed. Releasing the recording now could jeopardize any future prosecutions, although no one else has been arrested or charged, Manley said.

    For days, Manley has been under fire for calling Conditt "a challenged young man" and not a terrorist. He struck a different note Saturday, saying: "The suspect in this incident reined terror on our community for almost three weeks."

    Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Herrera, who suffered broken legs and other severe injuries in a March 12 blast, remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Herrera's grandson, Josh, wrote on his Facebook page that she has undergone several surgeries and is fighting for her life.

    The identification of Conditt as the bomber continued to baffle residents in Pflugerville, the Austin suburb where Conditt had been home-schooled and grew up in a Christian family.

    Mark Roessler, 57, lives across the street from where Conditt moved in last year, a mile from his parents. Conditt and his father had purchased the home in a quiet neighborhood known as Old Town, and spent months remodeling it together. Roessler said he got to know Conditt's father, Pat, during the project and said he was "kind of envious" of the time he got to spend working with his son. He said Mark Conditt was "polite, very quiet and respectful."

    Roessler said he last saw him some time after the first bomb had exploded, but didn't talk with him. He said he never had any idea his neighbor was allegedly using supplies such as batteries and nails to assemble bombs in his home.

    "People died and it's a horrible tragedy. My feelings move from shock and disbelief to going to the 'what-ifs'," he said. "What if I tried to reach out to him that last time I saw him? 'Hey Mark, how are you doing?'"
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ession-n859791

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