Nashville, Tennessee. -Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the direct investigation said that investigators are investigating the explosion in Nashville on Christmas morning and now believe that the explosion may be the result of a suicide bombing.
Officials had previously stated that they had found the remains at the scene of the bombing in downtown Nashville. FBI officials said on Saturday that agents were not looking for another suspect.
FBI spokesperson Jason Pack told CNN that the agents were also conducting “court authorized activities”
Pack said bomb technicians have cleared the house to ensure that the evidence team can enter safely. Investigators are now waiting for the evidence team to arrive and enter. Pack cannot confirm who lives in the house, but neighbor Steve Schmoldt told CNN that his wife found a law enforcement truck nearby last night.
You can see a recreational vehicle in your home through the Street View on Google Maps. It matches the one that law enforcement requested the public to provide information. Law enforcement officials said that investigators believed that the RV seen in the photo was the same as the explosion center.
The explosion occurred at 6:30 am on Friday, when the parked RV made computer sounds, urging people to evacuate, warning that the vehicle would explode within a few minutes.
The explosion of the RV caused at least three injuries. Several other vehicles caught fire, destroying many buildings in the neighborhood and destroying wireless services in most of the area.
Law enforcement officials provided little new information on the progress of the investigation at a press conference on Saturday, but agent Douglas Korneski, the head of the FBI, said investigators were dealing with “multiple fronts.” This case.
This work involved the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Division in Quantico, Virginia, and approximately 250 FBI personnel working on the scene with law enforcement partners.
Several law enforcement officials told CNN that as the investigation continues, there is no sign that anyone is actively conducting a search, which shows that investigators are not looking for people who are still dangerous to the public.
Korneski said: “We cannot identify any individual or anyone we have identified, and we are not yet ready to identify any individual.”
Kornieski also said that investigators have no indication that they are looking for another subject. He added that there were no signs of other “explosive threats” and no other explosive devices were found during the sweep of the area.
The source said that one of the questions investigators tried to answer was whether the target of the explosion was the AT&T transmission building that was damaged in the explosion.
When asked if the AT&T building was the target, Konensky said: “We are looking for all possible motivations.”
The damage is “shocking”
Officials said they believed the explosion was “intentional.” Nonetheless, the Christmas day, the early morning timing, and the unusual warning on the loudspeaker before the explosion all indicate that this is by no means an attempt to murder a massacre.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper (John Cooper) said on Friday: “Obviously, it is done when no one is there.
No one died from the explosion. However, investigators found organizations that they thought might be human remains near the explosion site, said John Drake, chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
The explosion blew up at least 41 businesses on Second Avenue in Nashville that were full of historic buildings. Taking into account the structural integrity of the affected buildings, the city blocked the area and did not allow anyone to enter until Sunday afternoon.
Cooper said: “It will take some time before Second Avenue returns to normal.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced on Saturday that he had visited the website in the morning of the same day and asked President Donald Trump to file a federal emergency declaration.
The governor said: “The loss is shocking. It is a miracle that no residents were killed.”
Early morning gunshots before warning
Several local residents told CNN that they heard gunfire early on Friday morning. Police said they were called to the location after gunfire was fired around 5:30 in the morning.
After arriving at the scene, the police found a white RV parked in front of the AT&T transmission building at 166 North Second Avenue. The police said the RV repeatedly broadcast warning messages, warning that the explosion would occur within 15 minutes.
Betty Williams, who lives in an apartment on Second Avenue, said: “This car will explode in 15 minutes.” One minute after repeating the message, the voice went on to say that the car would explode in 14 minutes, and the countdown continued from there.
The six uniformed policemen who heard the news immediately began knocking on the door and evacuating residents. Mayor Cooper praised them as heroes and said that their quick actions saved lives.
According to a surveillance video taken from a building on the opposite side, as the countdown came to an end, the RV information changed.
The voice said at about 6:30 in the morning: “If you can hear this, please evacuate immediately.”
Then, the vehicle exploded under bright lights.
Officials said the three civilians have been hospitalized and are in stable condition. Police spokesman Don Aaron said the force of the explosion killed one police officer and caused another hearing loss. But no official suffered serious injuries.
Officials have no information about whether anyone was inside the RV when it exploded. At 1:22 on Friday morning, when the RV entered the area, the police also posted a Twitter photo.
CNN law enforcement analyst and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe (Andrew McCabe) said that as the investigation continues, officials will carefully search the area for any physical evidence. However, given the scale of the explosion, important evidence may be scattered throughout the scene.
McCabe said that the most important question to answer this time is the person behind the explosion.
He said: “We need to know who put this thing there and detonated it.” “Only after figuring out that we started talking about motivation or purpose, etc.,”
Areas prohibited to the public
Witness Williams told CNN that she and her family were sitting in the car when the RV exploded into a fireball.
She told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “Everything, I mean, everything is shaken.
Three cars caught fire. The tree fell. There are bricks and glass everywhere. Another resident said that the destruction of the scene is like a doomsday movie.
AT&T spokesperson Jim Greer told CNN that the company’s network hub in the city was damaged in the explosion and services in the Nashville area were affected. AT&T is the parent company of CNN.
The company said on Saturday that staff worked around the clock to restore the outage caused by the explosion. However, the on-site team faced challenges, including having to evacuate the building due to a fire at night.
AT&T announced Saturday afternoon that it has distributed more than six portable cellular transmitters in Nashville to assist communications, including providing communications for responders and recovery teams, and adding resources on the road. The power to the facilities in the building is restored through generators.
This street is located on the edge of the reception and tourist area in the historic part of Nashville.
The FBI special agent Matt Foster said that technical experts and evidence response teams from FBI laboratories have been brought in from across the country to “help deal with this large-scale crime scene. .”
ATF special services director Mickey French said his agency has activated its national response team and is working with the FBI and the Nashville police. The agency has explosives experts, chemists and engineers involved in the evidence recovery process.