Austin Serial Bomber Dead
UPDATED: Police have now released the name of the suspect in the recent wave of fatal bombings.
Mark A. Conditt reportedly killed himself early this morning as authorities closed in on him. Neighbors are now speaking with police about the young man, who has been described as “a nice kid from a greaty family.”
Police say that the 23-white-male is believed to have killed himself inside his own vehicle with a bomb after he was found and surrounded by a SWAT team. The name of the suspect has not been released.
UPDATED: Suspect Mark A. Conditt
The police have only said that the suspect is a 24-year-old white male.
UPDATE: Police have now said that the bomber is Mark Anthony Conditt, resident of Pflugerville. Police previously said that he was 24, but public records indicate that he was 23.
According to local media, Conditt earned a degree from the Austin Community College’s Northridge Campus and was working as a purchasing agent at a store in Austin. Previously, he had worked as a computer repair technician. Conditt was homeschooled and was known to neighbors who had watched him growing up, playing with other children on Pfluger Street.
Conditt leaves behind few social media posts.
One post left by his mother in February 2013 shows Conditt completing his high school education. His mother indicated that her son was considering taking a mission trip.
At the time of his death, Conditt was living with his parents which he helped to build with his father.
Fatalities and Injuries of the Victims
For the past 19 days Austin has been watching seemingly random citizens be made victims of what appears to be homemade bombs. The first bomb explosion took place on March 2nd, killing a 39-year-old man at his home in northwest Austin. Another two packages were detonated on March 12th. The victims were a 17-year-old male who was killed while his mother suffered injuries. The other bomb injured a 75-year-old female. All three of these bombs were left overnight on doorsteps and did not pass through the normal post office or through private carriers.
On March 18th, two males were injured while cycling at night. They likely tripped a wire, causing a detonation that put them both into hospital. One male was suffering with nails embedded into his leg.
Two more bombs were found in two different FedEx facilities, one in Austin and one in Schertz. One bomb was detonated with one injury and the second one, found six hours later in Austin, was deactivated.
— Mark D. Wilson (@MDWilsonSA) March 20, 2018
The victims were of varying ages, races and genders and there is no known connection between the victims.
Including the bomber, three people have died and six people have been injured through the course of the bombing.
More Bombs? Police Stop Traffic This Morning
This morning, a reported from CBS Austin uploaded an 11 second video showing parents and media wait as the ATF, FBI and DPS clear the scene in the Pflugerville suburb of Austin.
Parents are taking their kids to school as media wait by a street blocked off that could possibly be the bombing suspect's home. ATF, FBI and DPS troopers are here. pic.twitter.com/Af25jFCRNK
— Adam Hammons (@AdamH_CBSAUSTIN) March 21, 2018
His motive is also unknown. It is also unknown as to whether he was the only person involved in the bombings. Former FBI Director Weldon L. Kennedy has told media that he suspects that it is a single, highly organized and efficient person.
Either the bomber has been stockpiling bombs, is incredibly efficient at making bombs, or there is more than one of him.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 21, 2018
After the Las Vegas massacre, where Stephen Paddock killed dozens of people from a hotel room overlooking a country music concert, it seems to be par for the course that motive for major crimes no longer matters. Do you know the motive behind Parkland yet? Or have you been told to focus on banning guns?
While police still don't know the identity or exact motive of the Austin bomber, one thing is clear: their motive is to cause "mayhem and death," a federal law enforcement official said https://t.co/mSbDXxzQjg
— CNN (@CNN) March 21, 2018
A legal executive at CBS was fired when she posted on social media that she had no sympathy for victims of the Las Vegas Massacre because “country music fans are often Republican.” While Texas is predominantly Republican, Austin is largely Democratic.
Speaking with media before the cyclists’ explosion, police said that they had picked up 435 leads after conducting 230 interviews and were offering a $115,000 reward for information leading to arrest. Part of the reward money was offered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. More than 500 officers from both local and federal authorities were involved in the collection of information.
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul said that the response is likely the “biggest investigation since the Boston bombings.”
Sources: CNN, CBS Austin, Austin Statesmen, USA Today, New York Times