CBS just announced that the police have identified a “person or persons of interest” in relation to the Christmas morning bombing in Nashville, Tennessee.
CBS News has learned that police have identified and are investigating a person or people of interest in connection to the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville. The AT&T Building may have been the target. https://t.co/dDQNVw9LTc pic.twitter.com/shrr1Vwxnb
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 26, 2020
According to the report, the person is connected to the RV that exploded, causing damage to more than 40 buildings over multiple blocks; knocking out phone, internet, and 911 service in the area; and injuring at least three people. The vehicle was parked next to an AT&T data center which is why it caused interruption to service. They believe that may have been the target.
There was a report that “human remains” had been found. Nashville police confirmed that some remains were found but seemed to revise that report slightly saying they were “looking into whether remains found were human” (leaving open the possibility that they might not be).
What was unusual about the bombing was that there was reportedly shooting beforehand and a recorded warning from the RV telling people to evacuate the area, there was a bomb.
That’s also now prompted the FBI to investigate whether this was designed to target law enforcement, to have others leave but have police respond to deal with the threat. If that’s so, then that, of course, suggests the perpetrator(s) would be anti-police. ‘I kind of think it was probably an idea to get first responders to come in,’ ex-NYPD Detective Bill Ryan said on Fox News on Saturday. Ryan, who was part of an arson and explosions task force, said he believes a group of people may be behind the attack.
The Nashville Police named the officers who responded and got many people out of the danger zone, likely saving lives. They were named by Metro Police Chief John Drake as Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells, and Sergeant Timothy Miller, as he praised them for rushing into danger to save others. One man was walking by the RV right before it exploded with his dog when the police told him to get back, saving his life.
Meet Nashville’s heroes:
Officer Brenna Hosey
Officer James Luellen
Officer Michael Sipos
Officer Amanda Topping
Officer James Wells
Sergeant Timothy Miller
They ran into danger and saved people before the bomb exploded this morning. They’re absolutely magnificent humans. pic.twitter.com/kbNkGzGngl
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 26, 2020
On Friday night, star of CNBC’s The Profit Marcus Lemonis also offered a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
It brought the reward total to $300,000 after previous smaller reward offers from Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., FOX Sports host Clay Travis, and Lewis Country Store.