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CBS News: Person-of-interest identified in Nashville bombing

Investigators' leading theory: suspect may have died in explosion
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Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 17:14:36-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — CBS News has reported that law enforcement say their leading theory in Nashville's downtown bombing on Christmas is the suspect may have been killed in the explosion.

The network's Senior Investigative Correspondent Catherine Herridge reported DNA tests are being done on the remains found at the scene on 2nd Avenue, to determine if they belong to the suspect.

Earlier, CBS News reported that a person-of-interest has been identified in the bombing.

In a news conference Saturday afternoon, authorities provided another update, saying there's "no indication" that they're looking for another subject in the case. However, investigators said they were not prepared to identify any single individual just yet.

"The first thing I want to reiterate is that we have no indication of any additional explosive threats... no other devices were discovered during a secondary sweep yesterday," said Doug Korneski, FBI special agent in charge.

Watch the most recent update, as of 1 p.m.

Earlier, citing sources, CBS News reported that 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, a Nashville area resident, had a similar make and model RV as the one in photos released to the public.

Those photos could be seen in Google Street view images of Warner's address.

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Google Street View image of an RV seen in the yard of 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner.

The Associated Press also reported that two law enforcement officials confirmed that federal investigators have identified a person-of-interest and are searching a home associated with that person.

Saturday afternoon, a large police presence could be seen outside the home.

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Authorities outside Anthony Quinn Warner's home on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.

Don Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said investigators have received more than 500 leads and tips in the case, and they're following up on each one. He said the Department of Justice and acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, along with the FBI and ATF, have deployed their most specialized technicians to work the case.

Additionally, Korneski said investigators are starting from outermost perimeter of the scene first and hope to have that portion done in next day or so. Once that happens, they will turn it back over to Metro.

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Metro Nashville Police Chief Drake asked businesses owners who have been affected by the explosion to be patient as the federal investigation continues. He asked that anyone with information contact (615) 74-CRIME or FBI.gov/Nashville.

"Nashville is safe, we feel and know that we have no known threats against our city," said Drake.

Three people were injured in the bombing that damaged at least 41 building in Nashville's downtown, including severe damage to an AT&T data center. Drake said all of those buildings will have to be cleared by Metro Codes.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order on Friday, which declares a state of civil emergency and enacts a curfew within the area bounded by James Robertson Parkway, 4th Avenue North, Broadway and the Cumberland River. The curfew will remain in place until Sunday, Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m.