The man was killed after he detonated an explosive as officers approached his auto following a chase in Round Rock, north of the Texas state capital. Austin police say they have now responded to more than 1,200 reports of suspicious packages in a little more than a week - without finding anything risky.
Plywood covers most of the windows at the home of Mark Anthony Conditt following the police investigation at the property on March 22, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas.
Austin Police and firefighters responded to a reported explosion in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane in south Austin, at a Goodwill around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Mark Anthony Conditt, the Austin bomber, in a picture uploaded to Facebook by his mother back in 2013. Another officer fired his gun at Conditt, who suffered "significant injuries from [the] blast", Manley said. One roommate was, detained, questioned and released already.
"He didn't say anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate, but instead, it's the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life", said Manley. And in the end the manhunt wasn't cracked by hundreds of phoned-in tips, the big pot of reward money or police pleading to the bomber through TV.
Conditt's motive is not clear.
Police said Conditt is responsible for the bombings in Austin, but they are still investigating why he carried them out. CNN spoke to Fred Milanowski, the ATF's special agent in charge, who said that components for making the bombs were found in one room of Conditt's home.
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The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security committee says federal authorities informed him investigators have obtained surveillance videos in Austin that "could possibly" show a suspect in the package bombing at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.
"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 described the devices with a level of specificity, Manley said, that has led authorities to believe that they can account for "each and every" bomb. He has not attended any classes since 2012, she said. Suspicion was so high that Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder warned Black residents not to open unexpected packages.
If the blog posts are proven to be from him, it could lend insight into his ideology beyond the fact that he appeared to target people of color, leaving bombs on the doorsteps of the two men he killed and two women he injured - the men he murdered were black, as is one of the women he injured.
Withers said Thomas lived with Conditt for more than three months in a home Conditt was renovating with his father.
Conditt blew himself up with one of his own bombs on Wednesday as police closed in on him in his vehicle.
"We are devastated and broken at the news that our family member could be involved in such an very bad way", the family said in a statement to Fox 31 Denver. 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. "I don't know what else to say".
Federal agents searched Conditt's home in Pflugerville for nearly two days, cautiously removing explosive materials and looking for clues that could point to a reason for the bombings.
He also urged Texas residents to be "vigilant" for other possible explosives, adding: 'We do not know where he has been in the past 24 hours'. They finally found him early Wednesday at a hotel north of Austin, and officers prepared to move in for an arrest.