Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner’s motive likely more about destruction: investigator

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Nashville RV bomber Anthony Quinn Warner likely chose Christmas morning for his devastating suicide blast because his “intent was more destruction than death,” a lead investigator said Monday.

The 63-year-old loner notably blew up a number of buildings when the usually packed streets in the city’s historic downtown were mostly deserted, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said on NBC’s “Today” show.

He also gave “the opportunity to clear the area” with warnings from his parked RV “that an explosion was imminent,” Rausch said, of the audio that also bizarrely played Petula Clark’s classic pop song “Downtown.”

The evidence “certainly gives you that insight that the possibility was that he had no intention of harming anyone but himself,” the senior investigator said.

“It does appear that the intent was more destruction than death,” he said.

The massive investigation — involving federal, state and local authorities — is hampered by the fact that the IT consultant appears to have no social media presence nor left any suggestion of political ideology, the investigator confirmed.

“We don’t know for sure that we’ll ever get there to the complete answer because obviously that individual is no longer with us” to be questioned, Rausch said.

“We may never find out the exact reasoning behind the activity that took place,” he added.

The bureau director also revealed that his team was able to confirm Warner was killed in the blast through remains with DNA from a hat and gloves from one of the attacker’s old cars.

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The scene on 2nd Avenue North shortly after an explosion in the area

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A recreational vehicle that exploded and injured people is seen in Nashville

A recreational vehicle that exploded and injured people is seen in Nashville

An image of the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave. in Nashville on Christmas Day

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An image grab made from a footage of a security camera and released by Nashville police shows the moment a bomb was set off in Nashville on Christmas morning

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TN: Christmas explosion in Nashville

Chief John Drake speaks during a press conference held in the intersection of 2nd Ave. and Korean Veterans Blvd.

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Sunday said the bombing appeared to be an “infrastructure attack” targeting the AT&T building on the block, which led to huge service disruptions in several states.

“To all of us locally, it feels like there has to be some connection with the AT&T facility and the site of the bombing,” Cooper  told CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” 

“It’s got to have something to do with the infrastructure,” he said of the attack by a man who reportedly believed conspiracy theories about 5G networks.

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