New surveillance video shows that a police officer in Nashville walked out of a block in an RV, just a few seconds before Christmas, and then exploded in the city center before Christmas, killing its crew and wounding three others .
After officials determined that the person killed in the explosion was 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, video footage was released a few hours on Sunday.
In addition to injuring three people, the apparent suicide bomb also severely damaged nearby buildings and affected mobile phone networks.
Officials said they did not immediately know Warner’s motives, which is why the incident has not been labeled as domestic terrorism.
Doug Konenski, head of the Memphis office of the FBI, said: “When we evaluate a family terrorism incident, it must be linked to an ideology.” “This is a political push for the use of force or violence. [or] Social ideology-we have not yet associated it with it. “
It is believed that Warner acted alone, and there is no indication that there are other suspects.
A person who had previously hired Warner as a computer technician told WSMV-TV that the FBI asked him if Warner was paranoid about 5G, a technology that has become the focus of conspiracy theories such as QAnon’s large-scale delusions. He said that Warner never mentioned it, and he did not know that he might have any special ideology.
On Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper (John Cooper) told CBS Face the nation The incident appears to be an attack on the infrastructure.
Cooper said: “For all of us in the local area, it feels like we must have some connection with AT&T facilities and the explosion site.” “You know, this is just local knowledge, because it has a certain relationship with the infrastructure.”
At a press conference on Sunday, Nashville Police Chief John Drake praised the RV’s broadcast of a warning message, saying that the six police officers who evacuated civilians from the area would be blown up within 15 minutes.
Drake said: “They did not consider their lives; they did not consider protecting themselves.” “They considered the citizens of Nashville and protected them.”
Between the broadcast of warning messages, the RV played music, one of the police officers, James Luellen, told reporters.
Lu Lun said: “I especially…think of’Downtown, the lights are on.’ Later, the ATF agent I mentioned pulled it up, and Petula Clark’s’Downtown’ was a specific song played. “
Another officer, James Wells, recalled the horrible moment before the bomb exploded. He said that he had returned to his car to obtain a body armor and then started walking towards the RV.
“I literally heard God tell me to turn around and check [Officer] Topping…then the music stopped. When I walked towards the topping direction, I only saw orange and then heard a loud noise. “
Wells said the explosion was so intense that it almost lost a foothold.
“[As] I started to stumble, I just told myself to keep pace and keep alive,” Wells said.
Toppin also recalled the moment of the explosion and how she ran to Wells and covered him at the door.
Toppin said: “I have never caught a person as hard as I do now.” “I will never forget the feeling of a window cracking after the explosion around me-like a big prop in a movie scene, all The glass broke immediately.”
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee thanked the responders for evacuating the scene.
Li said: “When they talked about putting their lives on the line, that was exactly what they did that morning.” “They encountered this situation and saved many lives.”
Lee also said that he talked to President Trump on Sunday and asked for emergency relief funds for small business owners destroyed in the explosion.
Bruce Lee said: “Small business owners have a very difficult start to the year.” “When you see the destruction there…I see the business owners are engaged in a new struggle.”