Updated: Dec 28, 2020
FLASH UPDATE: The FBI has now confirmed that Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, had died in the Christmas explosion and that human remains found at the scene were a DNA match to Warner, who is thought to have acted alone. Priot to the bombing the FBI had received at least two tips about Mr. Warner. Original article posted on 12/27/2020 continues below:
Investigators looking into the Christmas morning explosion in Nashville that heavily damaged an AT&T facility and took-out cellphone service in the area now believe the blast was likely the result of a suicide bombing, reported CBS News, citing to two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect in the Nashville explosion on Christmas Day may have been killed in the blast. DNA tests are being conducted on the human remains found at the scene. Officials have previously said they have recovered human remains at the scene of the bombing in downtown Nashville and an FBI official on Saturday said agents are not looking for another suspect.
Multiple sources confirm that Anthony Quinn Warner, a Nashville area resident, has been identified as a person of interest in this case. Federal agents are currently searching his home. Mr. Warner had a similar make and model RV as the one in photos released to the public. Warner was described as a 63-year-old White male.
Agents are also at a home in Antioch, just southeast of Nashville, to conduct "court-authorized activity," FBI spokesman Jason Pack told CNN. According to a law enforcement official, a tip about the vehicle involved in the explosion on Christmas morning led law enforcement to the Antioch home.
Neighbors had reported seeing the RV used in the Christmas morning explosion parked outside of Anthony Quinn Warner's Antioch home. Neighbors have described Mr. Warner as an “oddball” as the FBI probes whether he had a paranoia about 5G technology.
On social media, one popular theory deals with AT&T’s ties to the NSA. In 2018, the Intercept alleged that NSA electronic spying facilities were located in AT&T buildings in cities across the country. However, the article does not mention Nashville and no social media accounts have been linked to Mr. Warner as of this writing.
Even more radical social media posts suggest the apparent bomb was in fact a missile strike aimed at the AT&T building, which the posters allege was a “NSA hardened switching facility ‘spy hub’.” Other citizen journalist video sleuths have done video analysis suggesting the explosion was initiated by a “directed energy weapon” fired at the RV from across the street.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Doug Korneski said Saturday there is no indication of additional explosive threats. He said officials had received about 500 tips and are "not working on any assumptions."
Police responded to a call of shots fired early Friday near the AT&T building in downtown Nashville. Instead, they found an RV with clothes and blinds covering the windows. Shortly afterward, the warning of an imminent bomb started blaring and an explosion rocked the area at about 6:30 a.m.
Shell casings have been found at the scene, but the ammunition related to them is believed to have been set off by the large explosion. The scene is very large, and authorities said they are beginning at the "outermost" perimeter of the blast and working their way in.
There is video of the RV in downtown Nashville. Investigators have a Google Maps photo of the address of the person of interest that shows a similar looking camper in the yard. Google Maps says the picture was taken in May 2019.
At least three people were wounded and Nashville Metro police chief John Drake said Friday that authorities had found tissue they believe could be connected to human remains near the site of the explosion. They have not indicated whether the remains are from someone connected to the explosion or from an innocent victim.
The blast occurred Friday at 6:30 a.m. CT, after a computerized voice emanating from a parked RV loudly urged people to evacuate, warning the vehicle would explode in minutes.
The RV's explosion left at least three people injured, set several other vehicles on fire, destroyed a number of buildings on the block and knocked out wireless service in much of the region.
Several local residents told CNN they woke to the sound of gunfire early Friday morning. Police said they were called to the location after a report of shots fired around 5:30 a.m.
Once on scene, police found a white RV parked in front of an AT&T transmission building at 166 Second Ave. North. The RV was repeatedly broadcasting a message warning of an explosion set to occur in 15 minutes, police said.
"This vehicle will explode in 15 minutes," the voice said, according to Betsy Williams, who was staying at an apartment on Second Avenue. After repeating that message for a minute, the voice then said the vehicle will explode in 14 minutes, and continued counting down from there.
In a bizarre twist lending credence to the suicide bombing theory, Mr. Warner gave his $160,000 house away for nothing a month before the blast, DailyMail.com reported exclusively. The Daily Mail reported the property is pictured with a white RV similar to the one used in the bombing out front on Google Street View prior to the explosion
DailyMail.com revealed that the $160,000 home had been transferred for free to 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25 but she claims she was unaware of the exchange.
'In the state of Tennessee you can deed property to someone else without their consent or their signature or anything,' Swing told DailyMail.com
'I didn't even buy the house he just deeded it over to me without my knowledge. So this all very weird to me, that's about all I can say.'
However, Warner also transferred another home on Bakertown Road to Swing via a quitclaim deed last year.
The $249,000 house had previously belonged to a Charles Warner, his father who passed away in 2011. It was then transferred to his brother Steve before being handed to him in August 2018, a month before his brother's death of cancer.
Mr. Warner had only been in possession of it for five months before again giving it to Swing for free in January 2019. She later also used a quitclaim to give the house to another person.
Swing declined to say whether she had ever met Warner or whether she had family links to him, adding: 'I've been told to direct everything else to FBI.'
Mr. Warner is believed to be unmarried and without any children. His mother Chris is still alive and he also has a sister Teresa.
Mr. Warner doesn’t come up as a registered voter in Tennessee records. People on Twitter are widely sharing an old, expired explosives handler identification registration in his name; however, Tennessee state records give a different city for that Anthony Warner, and there are three people with that name in the latter city, none listed as Anthony Quinn Warner, 63.
Getting the public to accept an “official” version of the events surrounding the Nashville bombing, including the motivation of the perpetrator or perpetrators, and whether it is ideological, personal or sociopathic, and explanations of some of the video evidence, is going to very difficult because federal law enforcement – the FBI and ATF in particular – have shredded their own credibility through their involvement in the various Deep State anti-Trump conspiracies.
Being an “oddball” or having questions about the health effects of long-term exposure to cellular telephone radiation or the security of 5G does not automatically make one a bomber. We urge conservatives to keep an open mind about the evidence, motivation and identity of the perpetrator or perpetrators of the Nashville Christmas bombing.
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