AUSTIN, TX — The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead after killing himself inside his car with an explosive device early Wednesday morning.
24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt was tracked by police to a hotel at Red Roof Inn hotel in Round Rock, Texas.
As they were closing in on the suspect, he detonated an explosive device when shots were fired, killing himself inside of his vehicle.
Since March 2nd, six explosive devices, five that have detonated, have killed two people and injured multiple others in Austin, Texas.
“This is obviously a very, very sick individual, or maybe individuals. These are sick people, and we will get to the bottom of it,” said President Trump.
Three of the bombs were packages left on doorsteps at people’s homes that exploded when taken inside and opened.
In Sunday’s blast, the bomb was left on the side of the road attached to a tripwire. Two men walking nearby set off the bomb and were injured.
Federal agents have yet to determine the motive, but early speculation that the bombings may be racially motivated has had Austin Fil-Am residents on edge.
“Sobrang nakaka-takot talaga. Mas lalo naka-tira ako don malapit lang. Ilang kanto lang yon. Yung nalaman ko, tinawagan ko kaagad ang asawa ko kung ok lang ba sila o narinig ba nila. Buti na lang wala pa sila sa bahay. Pero yung anak kong lalaki takot na takot. Kaya mag-ingat na lang po tayo sa ngayon,” said Michelle Odchigue-Rice.
“Nakaka -takot tuloy pag umuuwi ako sa gabi. Chini-check ko palagi kung may unidentified package sa harap ng bahay ko dahil na tatakot kami ditto so hopefully mahuli na kung sino man ang gumagawa nito dahil this is not right at kung may galit sya this is not the way to face it,” said Gigi Hobson.
Police are describing the bombs as “sophisticated” and have not ruled out the possibility there may be accomplices. They are also unsure if there are bombs still in circulation, which may have been sent before the suspect’s death.
Officials are advising citizens not to approach suspicious packages.
“Be vigilant, pay attention to your surroundings, look for things that look out of place or that may look suspicious. And call us if you see something that looks out of place. Let us know so we can come and check it and make sure it is something you don.’t need to worry about,” said Brian Manley, Austin Chief of Police.
Another suspicious package was found outside an Austin Goodwill store on Tuesday night, putting the city once again on high alert.
But police say they did not believe the incident was connected to the previous bombings.