The Austin bombing suspect, who has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, is dead after blowing himself up during a confrontation with authorities. Two bombs exploded as police were closing in to arrest Conditt.
The suspect…was killed near the motel he was traced to by authorities using surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology, according to The Austin American-Statesman.
Police said the man detonated two package bombs as police closed in, firing at him. It was not immediately clear whether he died from the bombs or shots fired by police. One officer was knocked back by the blasts, but none were seriously hurt.
The man died after fleeing the motel in a car, with police hot on his tail. He drove into a ditch, sparking the fatal confrontation.
CBS News Austin published security video screenshots of Conditt, who’s seen dropping off boxes at a FedEx store in Austin, Texas, wearing gloves and what appears to be a blonde wig.
Authorities located the suspect using cellphone technology and traced him to a motel in Round Rock, north of Austin. As a SWAT force approached the suspect’s car, he detonated a bomb, killing himself and injuring a SWAT member.
Local police identified the suspect using security videos from a FedEx store in Austin, as well as receipts from various stores where he made suspicious purchases.
When police tried to close in on Mark Anthony Conditt, that’s when he killed himself using an explosive device, according to multiple press reports.
The suspect’s motive is still unknown. Mainstream media like CNN initially pushed the narrative that the bombings were racially motivated because the first two victims were black, but that fake news quickly fell apart when the last two victims turned out to be white.
Texas has been in a state of alarm after five explosions occurred since March 2, killing two men and injuring six people. Authorities are baffled by the change-up in the suspect’s MO.
The first three Austin bombs were left on the doorsteps of the victims’ homes. The fourth bomb was triggered by a trip wire on a sidewalk on a residential street. The fifth bomb exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas.
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