Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

How police finally found the Austin bomber

How police finally found the Austin bomber

The Austin Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter that the blast Tuesday night at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city wasn't caused by a package bomb, as initially reported, but an incendiary device.

Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected serial bomber whose deadly packages terrified Austin for nearly three weeks before he blew himself up was identified by law enforcement.Mark Anthony Conditt is pictured in this February 2013 post on social media from a woman who identified herself as Conditt's mother.Danene Conditt wrote in the post, ÒI officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday. Officers were waiting for armored vehicles to arrive before moving in for an arrest when his vehicle began to drive away, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. "Instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point". Police warned Wednesday of the possibility that more bombs had yet to be found.

Law enforcement remained at the scene around his home on Wednesday afternoon.

Jensen said Conditt had attended regular church services at Austin Stone Community Church but he didn't know if Conditt "held onto his faith". "Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!"

"These weren't your store-bought Duracells", another law enforcement official said.

Investigators tracked down the Austin bombing suspect after he entered a FedEx store in disguise, with his vehicle in view of the surveillance cameras. They happened in east Austin areas with predominantly minority residents.

Before it exploded, the package had been sent from Austin and was addressed to a home in Austin, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. They weren't delivered by the US Postal Service or services such as UPS or FedEx, police say.

"We are sleeping with all the lights on", she said. They were analyzing Conditt's internet history to find out how he learned to make bombs.

He also turned on his phone Tuesday night, allowing authorities to pinpoint his location.

Police found the recording in which Conditt described building the seven explosive devices, including the one he activated in his vehicle during his final confrontation with police officers. But McCaul said a psychological profile probably won't be known until investigators go through Conditt's writings and social media postings. The medical examiner has not finalised the cause of death, but the bomb caused "significant" injuries, he said. Afterwards, authorities deployed drones over the Conditt's home presumably to assess potential risk factors and garner as much preliminary visual data as possible. But authorities said he was a "very challenged young man", who confessed to building and setting off a series of bombs that terrorized central Texas for three weeks.

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Some items were allegedly purchased online, and Conditt allegedly used the name "Kelly Killmore" on shipping, according to NBC News affiliate WOAI.

"He sometimes came in with others, sometimes by himself", Rocha said. By opening or jostling the package, paper or some sort of wadding that was between the switch was removed, closing the circuit, and detonating the device.

She says she used to tell people, "in America, there will never be these things". But he adds that investigators are still poring through the surveillance recordings.

Lee Rocha, who has lived in the neighborhood for 28 years, said he'd often see Conditt in town and at a karaoke bar.

Austin police earlier said another suspicious package was discovered at a second FedEx center near Austin's main airport. One was questioned and released and the other was still being questioned. Vess said he had created the blog as part of a US government class project.

NBC News could not immediately confirm if the blog was written by the suspect, but public records show only one Mark Conditt in Pflugerville.

In 2012, he created a blog for a USA government class project, according to the college. Conditt wrote that gay marriage should be illegal, argued in favor of the death penalty and gave his thoughts on "why we might want to consider" eliminating sex offender registries.

Jeff Reeb, a neighbor of the Conditt family, said that Mark was "a very normal kid" and that the family is "extremely nice".

In a statement, Mason's family thanked law enforcement saying they felt that Mason has "received justice".

Shanee said the family was "devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an bad way".

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