Nashville Christmas explosion: Anthony Warner identified as bomber, killed in explosion

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 08:14:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Federal and state officials say Anthony Quinn Warner of Antioch was the Christmas morning bomber and died in the explosion.

Metro Police Chief John Drake reiterated that there is no immediate danger to Nashvillians, and that they believe Warner acted alone in the bombing.

Quinn was named as a person of interest in the bombing and on Saturday, state and federal investigators searched his home in the Antioch area. Officials say they obtained DNA from a known relative which matched the human remains found at the scene of the explosion.

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The explosion injured at least three people and heavily damaged more than 41 buildings.

Officials are looking into the possibility that AT&T was targeted. The RV was parked outside an AT&T data center and caused widespread interruption to the company's services. They said it's one of the many motives they are looking into.

FBI Special Agent Dough Korenski encouraged anyone who knew Warner or may have more information was asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

He said more information will help them understand his motive, but those answers "won't come quickly" and will require effort. "None of those answers will ever be enough for those affected by this event," said Korenski.

Because officials don't yet have a confirmed motive, they would not comment on whether or not the incident will be labeled as domestic terrorism. Officials said in order for an act to be labeled as such, it must be centered around a specific ideology - use of force or violence for political or social ideology.

Early Sunday morning, five of the six Metro officers who helped evacuate the area before an RV exploded shared their stories during an emotional news conference.