Nashville Bomber Told Neighbor “Nashville And The World Is Never Going to Forget Me”

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We’re learning more about the psychopath who set off an RV bomb in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, as officials seek to piece together Anthony Quinn Warner’s movements and try to find a motive for the horrific bombing that injured three and destroyed an entire block of businesses.

Today, the Memphis FBI field office released a recent photo of the bomber, continuing to ask the public and anybody who knew Warner to call their hotline with any information they may have.

And according to the AP, Warner’s neighbor Rick Laude said he saw Warner standing at his mailbox on December 21 and stopped to ask about Warner’s elderly mother. While casually asking Warner ether Santa was going to bring him anything good for Christmas, Laude said Warner replied, “Oh yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”

The statement, while haunting given what we know now, didn’t raise any alarms for Laude, who says he thought Warner meant that “something good” was going to happen for him. Laude also said that nothing about Warner raised any red flags, and that “he was just quiet.”

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the bombing, including whether or not the nearby AT&T data center was Warner’s target. But so far, the only connection to the location that’s been released has been that Warner’s father worked for Bell South, which later merged with AT&T before his death in 2011. The damage at the AT&T data center (not to be confused with the iconic AT&T tower often referred to as the Batman Building) knocked out phone and internet service across several states and also grounded some flights at Nashville International Airport.

The entire story just doesn’t make sense, from the seeming lack of a motive to the warnings blasted from the RV warning of the impending explosion to inexplicably playing Petula Clark’s 1960 hit “Downtown” from the RV speakers between warnings.

All we know right now is that there are many people who have lost their homes, their businesses and their livelihoods because of this man, in a year that’s seen so much suffering already.

Raw police cam footage of the explosion.

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