Roommates of Austin bomber questioned by authorities

Roommates of Austin bomber questioned by authorities

Roommates of Austin bomber questioned by authorities

A law enforcement official identified the dead man as Mark Anthony Conditt. When the suspect's sport utility vehicle began to drive away, they followed.

A neighbour who watched Conditt grow up said he "always seemed like he was smart" and "polite".

Conditt died early Wednesday after detonating a bomb as police were about to arrest him.

Officials believe he was responsible for all the bombings.

"The use of a tripwire is far less discriminating than leaving parcel bombs at residences and suggests that (Sunday's) victims were not specifically targeted", the global think tank Stratfor said in one of its Threat Lens reports. He said the man had been identified with the help of leads from "video sources, as well as by witnesses".

Questions remain, too, about what Conditt's intentions were beyond Wednesday had he lived. At least two different reporters cited a large law enforcement presence there and warnings to stay back. They found his vehicle at a hotel in Round Rock.

Asked if the suspect built bombs before the Austin attacks, Milanowski said: "We know when he bought some of the components".

"Some of these folks.as long as the bombmaker walks away with 10 fingers and 10 toes, that's successful to them", said Gagliano, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisory special agent. "We're really working to make sure that that wasn't the case".

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The man behind a series of package bombs that terrorized Texas state capital Austin left a recorded confession expressing no remorse and describing himself as a "psychopath", a newspaper reported Thursday. Just as officers approached the vehicle, the explosion went off, Manley said.

A family friend told ABC News that the Conditts were a normal, Christian family, and said "There was nothing going on with Mark when I knew him, I knew him as a teenager". But police warned that more bombs could be out there.

"That's the one thing we don't have right now, is a motive behind this".

"I'm relieved that it's come to an end", Jansky said. "As these incidents have been occurring with increasing frequency, the anxiety and fear in the community has been growing".

Austin police earlier said another suspicious package was discovered at a second FedEx center near Austin's main airport.

Criminals of color, on the other hand, are often otherized, described as "radicalized" and "violent", and are typically viewed as representatives of the communities and cultures from which they hail. "He said it was not related to the serial bombings".

A package exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio on Tuesday, injuring an employee. McCaul says evidence obtained from that package if kept intact could be key in finding the bomber.

A bewigged Conditt is also believed to be the person in these FedEx security camera photos, which were tweeted by journalist Randy Beamer of NBC San Antonio affiliate WOAI-TV. It had apparently been shipped by the same person. They called on people in the Austin area to continue to be vigilant. "No injuries were reported". The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

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The lack of remorse Conditt, 23, showed in the video was corroborated by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who described the video to CNN as a "matter-of-fact" accounting of the bombings.

"I was pretty scared", said Jaimes, who has worked at the facility for four months. He made the audio recording around 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

It was triggered by a almost invisible tripwire.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post headlined its profile of Conditt by referring to him as "frustrated", and led with an idyllic description of the bomber's hometown, before offering a gentle account of his "quiet and shy" demeanor.

The 23 year old was homeschooled before attending Austin Community college for two years but failing to graduate.

"Ok so the Austin Bomber is a white guy, so what??" one Twitter user wrote.

"How a person like that could go on for several days and do what he did and trying to figure it out and I thought a good starting point would be to stop by here in the neighborhood and take a look at it", Jansky said.

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