Austin Serial Bomber Blown Up, Identified - Here's What We Know

Serial bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, was killed Wednesday morning.

Pflugerville, TX – Suspected serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, who had been terrorizing Austin for three weeks blew himself up early Wednesday morning, as law enforcement moved to take him into custody.

Police had tracked the 23-year-old male suspect to a hotel located about 20 miles north of the state capital of Austin.

Officers were following the suspect's vehicle when he pulled over and detonated an explosive device, Reuters reported.

“The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle,” Austin Chief Brian Manley told reporters at a press conference before daybreak on Wednesday.

A source from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) told FOX News that Mark Anthony Conditt had been named as the bomber.

“We believe that this individual is responsible for all incidents that have taken place in Austin starting on March 2, and those that occurred since then as well,” Chief Manley said.

Law enforcement sources told the Austin American-Statesman that Conditt’s Google history showed investigators that he’d been seeking out other addresses in Austin that police believed were going to be his next targets.

On Tuesday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers visited two addresses in the Cedar Park area to warn the residents that they may have been targeted, the Statesman reported.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said authorities had been tracking the suspect for a couple of days before they located him at the hotel in Round Rock, not far from his hometown of Pflugerville.

“We’ve known for a couple of days who the suspect likely was,” Abbott said. “Law enforcement is at his house in Pflugerville where we are learning whether or not that was the location he was making his bombs.”

Chief Manley urged the community to remain vigilant as police don’t know what bombs the suspect may have placed in the past couple of days.

The chief explained that the suspect had become a person of interest about 36 hours before he dramatically blew himself up on the side of a road.

Witnesses had given authorities a description of the suspect and his vehicle, and police had located him at the hotel and were investigating, the chief said.

Police had no contact with the suspect prior to him blowing himself up.

Authorities set up to watch the hotel’s parking lot while they waited for tactical teams and ballistic equipment to arrive at the scene, when the suspect’s vehicle suddenly started to drive away, Chief Manley said.

Police followed him until he pulled over. When the vehicle stopped, Austin SWAT officers approached the suspect’s vehicle, and the suspect detonated an explosive device inside his vehicle, the chief said.

One SWAT officer fired his weapon at the vehicle, and another SWAT officer was knocked backwards by the blast from inside the vehicle, and suffered minor injuries, Chief Manley said.

Authorities would not confirm that the suspect was acting on his own, and urged continued caution while they complete their investigation.

“We do believe that all of these are related and that he is responsible for these based on the similarities that we have seen in all of the devices, and in the evidence we’re finding from those that did detonate,” Chief Manley said.

The chief asked residents of Austin and other communities, specifically Round Rock, to remain vigilant “so that we don’t experience any more tragedies in our communities.”

“We are concerned that there may be other suspicious packages out there,” the chief said, explaining that they don’t know what the bomber may have put in place in the last 24 hours.

The governor thanked what he called “the army” of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials who have been investigating the bombings.

District Attorney Margaret Moore told the Statesman that "the participation has been truly remarkable by all the agencies involved, including the FBI, ATF, DPS, and the Postal Inspector.”

“[Austin police] was the lead all the way and threw everything at it. It was magnificent effort," Moore said.

Police were still seeking a motive in the serial bombings.

The suspect had a bomb with him, which he used to kill himself, but they don’t know if he was on his way to plant it somewhere when police intervened.

This seventh explosion puts to an end a series of detonations in Austin that began on March 2, leaving two people dead, and injuring at least five others.

Comments (15)
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Bryskee
Bryskee

Sorry for the lives lost, except his.

RunCop
RunCop

Boom, boom....out go the lights dirtbag!

Batt
Batt

Am sorry for the lives lost.......,but......when will the liberals start wheeping about an assault package ban?

Aaron57
Aaron57

I'll be looking forward to finding out what motive, if any, there was.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

His motive was racial. He was targeting members and associates of a notable black family.

Bstn96
Bstn96

Where did you get this info from? Just curious, as I hadnt heard any connections, 3 races were victims. No matter hope their are no more packages out there or trip wires and kind of glad he ended his own life!!

cspcapt
cspcapt

Have you heard what a reporter said to the Mayor? "Why are you thanking the police?"

b1rd
b1rd

Really? And who was this "notable black family"? You just throwing crap out there and hoping it might stick again?
Love to see how you figured this or where you got your info. Come on. Don't clam up now clown.

joshr240
joshr240

Come on man where are you getting your information from? I'm guessing you pulled it out of thin air... That's actually really sad....

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Bstn96 @joshr240 @b1rd I look at other news sources than the ones you look at, and I also have family in Austin. The notable family is the Mason family, big in the church scene, have done plenty for the community.

All black people injured or killed by bombs were connected to the Mason family. The Mexican woman that got bombed lived 2 doors down from another Mason household, but the terrorist delivered the package to the wrong address. The tripwire in the park probably was not intended for a Mason in particular, which is why whites got injured in that attack.

Feel free to verify all of this on an independent news site, and not your regular, probably conservative, websites that describes this terrorist as a "troubled youth."

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Are you talking to me? Tag me then.

b1rd
b1rd

You got notified. Or you still trying to figure out how to work that electronic device? Funny thing is at least I'm smart enough to figure out when someone is talking to me.

b1rd
b1rd

Is this the best answer you can come up with?

b1rd
b1rd

Come on @Hi_estComnDenomn. I'm still waiting for an answer. Are you having that much trouble finding the information.
Dumbass clown.