Austin bombing suspect left behind a video ‘confession’
The police continues to search through the suspect’s home. Jonathan Hunt reports from Texas.
Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt was labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the city’s police chief on Thursday.
The response of Austin police chief Brian Manley came during a meeting focused on the reaction of the community and of the officials who are to the series of attacks that terrorized Texas in March.
“I actually agree now that he is a domestic terrorist for what he did for us,” Manley said, as he and the other members of the forum fielded questions.
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The admission did not go far enough for some present, who continued to ask questions about racism in Austin.
Since the incident began, Manley has apart of a classification of the attacks as terrorism, pointing to the ongoing investigation.
Conditt died in the middle of a confrontation with the police in the early hours of 21 March, during which he detonated one of his own explosive devices. After the conflict, authorities recovered from an approximately 25-minute recording by the defendant. The content, Manley said: “the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about the problems in his personal life.”
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He added that Conditt not “doing something about terrorism, nor does he say anything about hatred.” The 23-year-old not to mention of a racial motive in his capture, but investigators previously said they had not ruled out that the bombing as a hate crime.
On the recording, Conditt called himself a “psychopath”, but otherwise, little about his motivation for the bombing. Authorities have not released that recording.
The explosives killed Anthony Stephen House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17, in separate incidents as they were disguised as packages left on the doorstep.
Four other persons were wounded in the series of incidents. One of the two explosive packages exploded at a FedEx sorting facility outside of San Antonio the day before Conditt died. Authorities eventually tracked Conditt down by the use of surveillance images of him dropping off packages at FedEx.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.