What you should know about the Austin bombing suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt
A series of bombings throughout the month of March terrorized the city of Austin. And today, March 21st, the suspect, who has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, killed himself. Here’s what we know.
1 He was in his early 20s.
Police said that the suspect was a 23- or 24-year-old white male. Although they did not release Conditt’s name publicly, a source with information about the case told CNN that Conditt had been identified as the suspect.
2 He lived in a suburb of Austin.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News that Conditt lived in a suburb called Pflugerville, about 20 miles from Austin. Conditt was homeschooled in high school and went on to graduate from Austin Community College. He previously worked for a company called Crux Semiconductor.
3 Conditt planted at least six bombs.
Manley told journalists that police believed Conditt was responsible for at least six bombings. Four explosions occurred in throughout the city of Austin, and one other bomb exploded at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio. The last bomb was found undetonated in a FedEx near the Austin airport.
4 It’s unclear if there are any more bombs.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley warned citizens of Austin that there might be remaining bombs.
Conditt’s motive is still unknown, along with whether or not he had any accomplices.
5 All of his bombs used the same kind of battery.
According to NBC, Conditt used batteries imported from Asia in all of the bombs, and this helped police identify the bombing suspect.
6 He was against gay marriage.
According to local newspaper the Austin American-Statesman, a series of 2012 blog posts Conditt wrote for a community college course reveal that he was against gay marriage and abortion and supported the death penalty.
7 He killed himself by detonating a bomb inside his car.
Police traced Conditt’s car to a hotel in the town of Round Rock. As police pursued his vehicle, the suspect pulled over into a ditch. He detonated a bomb inside the car as members of the SWAT team surrounded him.
The Austin bombings were a terrible tragedy, and we hope that there will be no more explosions. Stay safe, everyone.