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.
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.
Photos and video from the scene were shared online, and individual users found information from varied sources, including Google maps.
Google 3D Image showing RV behind house believed to be owned/rented by person of interest, Anthony Quinn Warner. pic.twitter.com/2T6w41Xqt0
— JLSeagull (@seaJLgull) December 26, 2020
It does appear that the RV seen in Google Maps is believed to be the one that exploded. (updated)
Neighbors we spoke to say an RV has been parked at that property. Investigators believe the RV seen via Google Street View at the house is the same one at the center of the explosion, a law enforcement source said, but they can’t be certain because it was destroyed in the blast.
— Natasha Chen (@NatashaChenCNN) December 26, 2020
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.
CNN: Investigators looking into the Christmas day explosion in Nashville believe the blast was likely the result of a suicide bombing, according to 2 law enforcement sources w/direct knowledge of the investigation -@ShimonPro / @evanperez https://t.co/2inIoUNYdY
— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) December 26, 2020