The Christmastime bomb that terrorized Nashville early in the morning on Dec. 25 may have been intended to disrupt AT&T (T) – Get Report, said the city’s mayor on Sunday — hours before a suspect’s remains were identified at the site.
“To all of us locally, it feels like there has to be some connection with the AT&T facility and the site of the bombing,” said Mayor John Cooper on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That’s just a bit of local insight, but it’s gotta have something to do with the infrastructure.”
When asked to comment on the statements, an AT&T spokesman told TheStreet by email that “questions about the investigation should be directed to the FBI.”
Law enforcement intelligence officials were looking into whether a nearby AT&T building was the target of the bombing, according to the Wall Street Journal. A local television news station, meanwhile, said that authorities could also be looking into whether 5G infrastructure was targeted specifically.
The AT&T transmission building nearby was damaged in the explosion, and communications were disrupted afterward.
The FBI’s media office, following a request for more information from TheStreet such as whether other companies would need extra security, directed the publication to an FBI statement that noted it had no motive identified yet.
“The motive for the incident is still unclear. Leads are still being followed, but at this time, there is no indication that any other individuals are involved,” read the statement.
The FBI’s Memphis Field Office on Sunday released the results of forensic tests of human remains found at the blast site, and those remains were believed to be of a person of interest in the explosion, Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, of Antioch, Tenn., according to the statement.
Authorities said a “key break” in the investigation came when the Tennessee Highway Patrol found the vehicle identification number from the the man’s van.
“That information along with crucial tips from the public led to the home of the suspect in Antioch,” according to the FBI statement.
Law enforcement authorities say they are continuing to recover and analyze evidence and that the motive for the bombing is still unclear.
Local police, the FBI, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are all investigating the early morning explosion that occurred when an RV outside 166 2nd Ave. North in downtown Nashville exploded.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire sounds in the area at around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 25 and inspected the vehicle that was reportedly warning over a loud speaker of the bomb that would soon go off. The police were able to help evacuate people from the area before the bomb exploded.
This story has been updated.