Austin Bombing suspect identified as Mark Anthony Conditt

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Austin Bombing suspect identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville, Texas. Governor Greg Abbott said that the suspect is believed to have lived with two roommates, who are not currently considered suspects,

The suspect believed to be responsible for the recent waves in bombing attacks in Austin, Texas, killed himself inside his car with an explosive device early Wednesday.

Law enforcement received information leading them to a person of interest, who ultimately became the suspect. When surveillance teams tracked the suspect’s vehicle to a hotel in Round Rock, north of Austin, the suspect detonated a bomb, killing himself.

A SWAT officer fired his weapon at the suspect. It’s unclear whether the officer shot the suspect.

The suspect was a 24-year-old white man. Authorities are uncertain if he acted alone or what his motive was.

It is still not known if the bomber has sent additional packages.

FedEx said it provided authorities with “extensive evidence” from its security system on the packages and the person who shipped them.

Investigators believe the same person is behind all the devices, the source said, adding that the devices have a lot of consistencies. They are similar in the way they are made and use the same items, including a “mouse trap” or a “close pin” switch, according to the source.

The level of skill doesn’t necessarily point to military experience, the source added.

Investigators said the package that was found intact Tuesday may yield some clues.

“Now we have the blueprint and possible DNA on the inside of the bomb. So teams are working to render it safe and then look for DNA,” the source said.

The first explosion killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House on March 2. The second blast on March 12 killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason. The third blast happened several hours later and critically injured a 75-year-old woman.

Those three blasts all happened after someone left explosives-laden packages on the victims’ doorsteps.
In the fourth blast, a device was triggered by a tripwire, injuring two white men in a predominantly white area.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that those bombings could be hate crimes. They urged residents to pay attention to their surroundings, and not approach or touch anything that looks suspicious.

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