Texas bomber blows himself up

After a spate of bombings in Austin Texas the police identified the suspect and approached him. It is reported he has detonated a bomb and killed himself.

Reuters: Texas bombing suspect kills self, reported to be unemployed man, 23

An unemployed 23-year-old man suspected of a three-week bombing campaign in Texas that killed two people and injured five others before blowing himself up on the side of a highway was identified by local media on Wednesday.

A series of bombings beginning on March 2 left Austin, a fast-growing city of 1 million people, on edge as the bomber moved from parcels left on doorsteps to one activated by a trip wire to at least two sent via FedEx.

By Sunday, bewildered investigators had publicly asked the serial bomber to reach out to them. By Tuesday they had identified a suspect, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News.

Police tracked him to a hotel about 20 miles (32 km) north of Austin and were following his vehicle when he pulled to the side of the road and detonated a device, killing himself, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters near the scene.

“We’ve known for a couple of days who the suspect likely was,” Abbott told Fox. “Law enforcement is at his house in Pflugerville where we are learning whether or not that was the location he was making his bombs.”

The governor added that the suspect is believed to have lived with two roommates, who are not currently considered suspects, and was not a military veteran.

Manley said the suspect was believed to be responsible for six bombs around Austin and in Schertz, near San Antonio, all but one of which detonated. He said the motivation for the bombings or whether the suspect had help was not yet known.

Residents of Austin will be relieved the bomber has been disabled, but…

Manley warned residents to be cautious since it was not clear whether any more bombs had been left around the city.

So unease for a while longer in Austin, but otherwise this will now probably quickly fade away as just another example of internal violence in the US, with the only difference this time being bombs instead of firearms being used.

23 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  March 22, 2018

    I bet he was a Democrat.

    • lurcher1948

       /  March 22, 2018

      More like a trump lover, hes a christian

      • Corky

         /  March 22, 2018

        Conclusion: All Conservatives are Christians.

        • lurcher1948

           /  March 22, 2018

          SO are the KKK and WESTBORO BAPTISTS,CONSERVATIVE Christians ready to burn you on the stake,your average bomber

      • Gezza

         /  March 22, 2018

        A Facebook post from Conditt’s mother, Danene Conditt, which was reviewed by TIME before being deleted Wednesday afternoon, said Conditt had finishing homeschooling in 2013, and was mulling over next steps, including a possible mission trip. Other photos posted by Conditt’s family members show him snowboarding and shooting a gun.

        Conditt later attended Austin Community College (ACC) from 2010 to 2012 but did not graduate, an ACC spokesperson told AP. A government class blog kept by an ACC student named Mark Conditt in 2012 detailed anti-gay marriage, “free abortion” and sex offender registration stances, as well as an argument for the death penalty.

        A Facebook for a person called Mark Conditt from Pflugerville was blank Wednesday morning. Shortly after the suspect was named publicly, the page was no longer public.
        … … …
        Not the best advertisement for home-schooling.

        A bit muddly profile-wise, but likely a Trump voter. Let’s see what else comes out.

  2. duperez

     /  March 22, 2018

    Regardless, one radio news item from Austin mentioned the guy had blown himself up. They also said police were trying to ‘piece together’ all the information they had. mmmmmm ….

    • Corky

       /  March 22, 2018

      A tossup between who is thicker…an unthinking dolt, or the radio listener’s who didn’t register this unintentional witticism.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 22, 2018

        If it’s unintentional, it may be a pun but not a witticism.

        • Corky

           /  March 22, 2018

          This obliviously went over your head.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 22, 2018

            There was nothing TO go over anyone’s head, It was nonsense. A witticism is by definition made with the intention of being witty, which this wasn’t. It was not witty, it was a lapsus linguae if anything.

            Oblivious (an adverb)is meaningless here; as well as being a adverb, it doesn’t make sense in this context. You may mean ‘obviously’, but that would also be wrong, as an adverb in this setting is nonsense.

            • Corky

               /  March 22, 2018

              ‘You may mean ‘obviously’, Yeah, I think I meant that. Still, you had a decent workout.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 22, 2018

              It’s hardly an intellectual workout when you’re involved, with your pigmy intellect.

              Oblivious and obvious have rather different meanings !

            • Corky

               /  March 23, 2018

              I’d have never guessed.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 23, 2018

              I thought so from the way that you used the word. Now you know something that you didn’t know before – if you know what oblivious means.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 22, 2018

            Someone said something about the police trying to piece things together after a bomber blew himself up, It was a lapsus linguae which would have been in the worst possible taste had it been deliberate.

            Either way, it was too shildishly obvious to be funny or witty

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 22, 2018

            Possum did.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  March 22, 2018

              Possum did WHAT!!?? Miss. Jez!
              If it’s something great then forget it.
              FYI I didn’t think that was funni bout the ‘piecing info together’
              bad taste I’d say. 😎

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 23, 2018

              Ditto, most unamusing to take it up and laugh at what was probably an unfortunate slip of the tongue and not a deliberate pun. It would take a very odd mind to think that someone being blown up was funny. It sounded as if Corky did. ’nuff said ?

      • lurcher1948

         /  March 22, 2018

        Someone’s got tight underpants on.

        • Corky

           /  March 22, 2018

          Cut the crutch out and breath freely, Lurchy. But please…too much information!