Police spokesman Don Aaron said that officials of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department responded to the shooting incident on Friday morning when they encountered an RV parked in front of the AT&T building at 166 Second Avenue North.
Aaron said at the press conference that the police did not immediately see evidence of the shooting, but certain information about the RV prompted the police officer to request the department’s dangerous equipment department.
Aaron said that when the RV exploded at 6:30 AM Central Time, the bomb squad was responding to the downtown area.
Aaron said: “We do think it was intentional.” “The infrastructure on Second Avenue North has suffered major damage.”
Nashville fire spokesman Joseph Pleasant (Joseph Pleasant) said that three people were transferred from the scene to the hospital, but no one was in critical condition.
He said the force of the explosion knocked down an officer and caused another officer to lose his hearing-hopefully temporary. But no one was seriously injured.
The FBI told CNN that its Memphis field office is taking over the investigation.
Federal law enforcement sources told CNN that there are no known credible threats in the Nashville area that indicate Christmas or Christmas is coming.
Another law enforcement official said that the federal authorities were unaware of any known extremist groups across the country, indicating any credible plans for attacks before or after the holidays.
His spokesperson said that the acting acting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Rosen briefed him early this morning and instructed that all Department of Justice resources must be provided to assist in the investigation.
The White House stated that President Donald Trump has also been informed of the incident and will receive “regular updates”.
In a statement on Twitter, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said the state will “provide all the resources needed” to determine the cause of the explosion.
“Everything on the street is on fire”
Witness Buck McCoy told CNN that the explosion occurred in front of his house, causing the windows to be exploded.
He said: “Everything on the street is on fire.” “Three cars were completely swallowed.”
McCoy said he was initially awakened by the gunfire about 10 minutes before the explosion. He said that he stood up and looked out the window, but went back to sleep without seeing anything.
When asked if the sound he heard could be other than gunfire, McCoy emphasized that he believed it was a sound, saying that he had a gun and wanted to shoot, so he was familiar with gunfire.
Aaron said that investigators are conducting a second search of buildings in the city, especially buildings on Second Avenue, to ensure that no one needs help.
Before the explosion, police officers had gone from house to house or from apartment to apartment to inform residents of the situation. He said that before the RV exploded, a person was walking the dog on Second Avenue and the person was redirected.
He said that officials did not know whether anyone was in the car when the explosion occurred. The police found no other attempted explosions.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper (John Cooper) told CNN that dozens of buildings were destroyed, mostly glass. The mayor said that some buildings have been evacuated, but he does not know how many buildings have been affected.
He said: “Now, the glass on Second Avenue is very damaged.”
This street is located on the edge of a hospitable and tourist area in the Tennessee city, in an old historical part of the town.
He said: “Fortunately, there are not many people here.”
McCoy told CNN that when he looked outside After the explosion, the trees fell, and broken glass was everywhere. He saw people taking animals out of the apartment. He said the firefighters told him to stay as far away from the area as possible.
He said: “There is nothing on Second Avenue.”
CNN’s Paul P. Murphy, Evan Perez, Josh Campbell, and Devon Sayers contributed to this report.