Austin’s police chief says investigators don’t know the motive behind this month’s string of bombings in the Texas capital.
Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference early Wednesday that the suspect set off an explosive device inside of his vehicle in a suburban Austin hotel parking lot as SWAT teams closed in. One SWAT team member fired a shot at the vehicle.
A law enforcement official has told the AP that the suspect was 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly.
Austin has been targeted by four package bombings since March 2 that killed two people and wounded four others. A fifth parcel bomb detonated at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday.
Investigators believe Conditt made all of the bombs used in the four Austin attacks, which killed two people and injured four others.