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Anthony Quinn Warner, Identified as Nashville Bomber, Killed in Blast

A 63-year-old Antioch man was identified as the suspect of a Christmas morning bombing in Nashville that left the suspect dead and captured the nation’s attention over the holiday weekend as officials worked to determine who parked an RV downtown to detonate, Federal authorities said.

Authorities have identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the Nashville bomber after matching his DNA to remains found at the scene of the explosion.

 In addition, a VIN was recovered from the RV that linked it to Warner, the FBI says. Police officers on the scene before the bomb exploded recalled a strange recording emanating from the RV. In between a digitized female voice giving warnings to evacuate the area, there was music, the officers said.

"Downtown," a wistful 1964 song by Petula Clark, echoed down Second Avenue just before the blast.

“When you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go downtown,” blared Clark’s voice through the speakers. “When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry seems to help, I know.”

Nashville police released an image of an RV that investigators linked to an explosion that took place downtown on Christmas morning.

"We've come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off and then he perished," said Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, during a Sunday evening news conference.

What motivated him is still unknown.  

Hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement officers worked to solve the case, and just 60 hours after the explosion, agents Sunday evening named Anthony Quinn Warner as the bomber. He died in the blast. 

Through DNA evidence, authorities confirmed Warner’s remains were found at the scene, Cochran said.

“I cannot truly describe all the hard work that has gone into this investigation since Friday’s explosion," Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during Sunday’s announcement. "Nashville is considered safe."

Warner was a long-time resident of Nashville and had worked as a freelance computer technician with an estate agency.

His former employer, estate agent Steve Fridrich, told the Nashville Tennessean that Warner had resigned unexpectedly this month after four years with the company. Mr Fridrich said the move had been "quite out of character".

Officers responded to reports of gunshots just before 06:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on 25 December in an area of the city known for its restaurants and nightlife.

Shortly afterwards, they found a camper van broadcasting a warning message to leave the area.

Despite massive destruction to 41 buildings, no one else was killed in the explosion. Officers helped evacuate nearby residents from several apartments.The blast caused extensive damage to phone and internet coverage throughout the region, causing communication blackouts for 911 centers in surrounding counties, leaving customers throughout the state without service and exposing vulnerabilities in infrastructure.

Authorities are expected to continue their investigation downtown in the coming days. The type of explosives used in the blast remain unknown. 

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