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‘LIKELY’ SUICIDE BOMBING: Police identify, search home of ‘person of interest’ in Christmas Day blast in Nashville

by J.C McCallum
‘LIKELY’ SUICIDE BOMBING: Police identify, search home of ‘person of interest’ in Christmas Day blast in Nashville

Police have identified a “person of interest” in Friday’s RV bomb blast in downtown Nashville, and on Saturday searched a residence in Tennessee in relation to the investigation. Updates below.

Agents from the FBI and the ATF, as well as officers from the Nashville metro area PD, were on scene and on camera in Antioch.

The Tennessean reports:

A team wearing tactical gear marked with both ATF and FBI insignias entered the residence and cleared the home around 2:30 p.m. The bomb squad confirmed no one was inside, according to FBI personnel at the scene. An evidence team entered the residence around that time to conduct a search.

Neighbors told The Tennessean an RV similar to the one in the explosion was parked at the home within the last two weeks.

There was no sign of a similar vehicle at the Antioch residence on Saturday.

Authorities declined to comment on the activity in Antioch during an afternoon update.

TMZ adds:

The man who has reportedly been identified as a person of interest appears to have run a private electronics business that specializes in custom alarms … something people say jibes with the evacuation alarm that went off before the RV in question exploded.

Here’s more:

Photos and video from the scene were shared online, and individual users found information from varied sources, including Google maps.

It does appear that the RV seen in Google Maps is believed to be the one that exploded. (updated)

Also this afternoon the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed that the tissue found on the scene was indeed “human remains.”

The AP also reported that the investigation is moving FAST.

There were other signs of progress in the investigation, as the FBI revealed that it was looking at a number of individuals who may be connected to it. Officials also said no additional explosive devices have been found — indicating no active threat to the area. Investigators have received around 500 tips and leads.

That’s one day into this.

At the press conference they said many times they don’t think there’s any continuing threat to the city. So keeps seeming more likely that the person or persons responsible is in fact dead.

UPDATE: Looks like dead. “Likely” a suicide bombing, say investigators, who for some reason talked to CNN.

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