The suspected serial bomber responsible for terrorizing Austin, Texas over the course of the last few weeks with a wave of bombings is reportedly dead after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, Texas. He reportedly detonated a bomb inside of his vehicle and killed himself as police closed in on him early Wednesday morning. He is being identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.
According to authorities, Austin police and the FBI received a tip on the serial bomber on Tuesday and were able to track him down to a hotel in Round Rock. They located him sitting in his vehicle in the hotel’s parking lot and were in the process of waiting for tactical units to arrive on the scene when the bomber attempted to drive away.
The suspect stopped driving a short time later, at which time Austin SWAT officers attempted to engage him. But he detonated a bomb inside his vehicle, injuring an officer who was approaching the vehicle in the process. Another SWAT officer responded to the blast by opening fire on the suspect, who was later pronounced dead.
While the bomber is now dead, Austin police believe he may have left a series of additional bombs behind. They are warning those in and around Austin to be cautious about opening packages in the coming days and potentially even weeks. TMZ obtained surveillance shots of the bomber dropping two packages off at an Austin FedEx store on Sunday, though both of those packages have been accounted for.
Austin police and the FBI have been trying to track the serial bomber down since March 2 when his first bomb detonated. They believe he is responsible for five bombs that have detonated in the area, killing two people and injuring five others. They have now set their sights on trying to figure out if he may have had any accomplices in the bombings.
Austin police have not figured out the motive behind the bombings yet. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley spoke Wednesday and said the motive is still under investigation.
"That’s the one thing we don’t have right now, is a motive behind this," Manley said. "We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did, and that will also be part of the continuing investigation as we try to learn more about him."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News that Conditt appeared to be unemployed and lived with two roommates in Pflugerville, a town 20 miles north of Austin. “Those two roommates have been talking to law enforcements,” Abbott said. “I would venture to say those two roommates are not at this time suspects.”
President Trump, who has faced criticism for not speaking up about the Austin bombings in recent weeks, sent out a tweet about the bomber’s death early Wednesday morning.