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Austin bomber, 24, kills himself with seventh device as cops swoop in to arrest him - after releasing CCTV of the white man posting two devices at FedEx office targeting people of color
Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, has been identified as the person behind a string of deadly bombings in Austin. He blew himself up as police tried to arrest him on Wednesday
The unemployed, home-schooled Austin bomber used the alias Kelly Killmore to FedEx at least two devices before he blew himself up - as his family revealed they had no idea of the darkness he had been in prior to the deadly attacks.
Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, killed himself when he detonated a bomb inside his SUV as police surrounded him near a hotel on Interstate 35, just outside Austin, at about 2am on Wednesday.
Police closed in on the bomber after obtaining CCTV footage of the college dropout posting two devices disguised as parcels at a FedEx office on Sunday night following a string of package bombs that have terrorized Austin.
Law enforcement sources told ABC that Conditt had posted those two parcels under the name Kelly Killmore. One of those package bombs detonated at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday.
Authorities have warned that more bombs could still be out there because they do not know if he mailed additional devices prior to his death. Investigators say Conditt's Google search history indicated he was researching other addresses before SWAT teams cornered him.
SWAT teams searched Conditt's home on Wednesday afternoon fearing there could explosives there. Police also questioned his two housemates - one roommate was questioned and later released, while the second was still being held for questioning.
The bomber had gone on a three week bombing spree stretching back to March 2. The series of bombings killed two people and injured at least five others.
Police still do not know the motive behind the attacks or whether the bomber had an accomplice, but did say he wasn't previously known to law enforcement. Police believe Conditt, who previously worked as a computer repair technician and at a manufacturing company, made all the bombs himself.
His extended relatives in Colorado said they were in shock following the revelation Conditt was a serial bomber as neighbors described him as a quiet, studious young man who came from a good family.
Conditt killed himself after detonating a bomb in his car (pictured above) as authorities zeroed in on him early Wednesday
Police were spotted searching the home where Conditt lived with two others at about 1pm on Wednesday, fearing there could explosives there. They had also earlier evacuated the neighborhood and questioned his two roommates
Authorities had zeroed in on the Austin bombing suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located his vehicle at a hotel (above) on Interstate 35 in the suburb of Round Rock early Wednesday morning
Another RACIST BOMBING Injures Two Blacks In Austin TX – Black Residents Are Told ‘BE CAREFUL’ (2 Blacks Killed + 2 Injured)
The Austin bomber is dead after blowing himself up as police and FBI agents tried to arrest him in the early hours of Wednesday.
The bomber, a 24-year-old white male who lived locally, killed himself and injured an officer when he detonated a bomb inside his car as police surrounded him several miles north of the city around 3am.
Despite the death police have warned that more bombs could still be out there because they do not know where the bomber has been in the last 24 hours.
President Donald Trump, who was earlier criticized for failing to speak out over the shootings, tweeted 'Austin bombing suspect is dead' on Wednesday morning. 'Great job by law enforcement and all concerned,' he added.
Police found the suspect sitting in his car and called for backup. While waiting for reinforcements to arrive the man began driving away, forcing them to confront him on a frontage road leading to the I-35 freeway
As police approached the suspect's car he detonated a device, killing himself and wounding an officer. He was described as a 24-year-old white male, but has not been named
Police say the man was behind all of the bombings in Austin, but they do not yet have a motive. More devices could still be out there because officers do not know where the man has been in the last 24 hours
The death comes after CCTV taken at a FedEx office in south Austin emerged showing the bomb suspect dropping off two packages around 7.30pm on Sunday
One of the packages later exploded as it was being moved between conveyor belts, while another was stopped near Austin airport and later confirmed to contain a bomb
President Trump, who was earlier criticized for his silence around the attacks, tweeted this on Wednesday morning
March 2: Anthony Stephan House, 39, is killed when a package blows up at 6.55am at his home on the 1100 block of Haverford Drive.
6.44am on March 12: Draylen Mason, 17, is killed and his mother is seriously injured in a package explosion in their kitchen on the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive.
11.50am on March 12: Esperanza Herrera, 75, is severely injured in a package explosion while visiting her mother's home on the 6700 block of Galindo Street.
March 18: Two men in their 20s are seriously injured by a trip wire explosion on a sidewalk near the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive.
Around 12.01am March 20: One man is injured in a FedEx facility in San Antonio when a package 'containing nails and pieces of metal' bound for Austin explodes. Wounded employee is taken to hospital with minor injuries.
6.19am March 20: Bomb squad responds to a FedEx sorting facility at 4117 McKinney Falls Parkway. An unexploded package bomb is secured. Police confirm it is connected.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said officers used CCTV, cell phone data, witness accounts and store receipts to track the bomber to a Red Roof Inn north of Austin.
When officers arrived the man he was sitting inside his vehicle so police called for backup in an attempt to bring him in peacefully.
As reinforcements were arriving the man attempted to drive away, forcing officers to confront him on a frontage road leading on to the I-35 highway.
As police approached the vehicle the man detonated a bomb, killing himself.
One officer fired shots at the vehicle, leading to initial reports that the bomber had been shot dead. The officer will be placed on leave per department protocol.
The bomber's death comes just hours after CBS published CCTV showing the suspect at a Fed-Ex office in the south of the city.
The images show a man wearing a disguise and delivering two packages to the store around 7.30pm on Sunday.
One of the packages subsequently exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx sorting facility outside of San Antonio in Schertz.
The other was intercepted at a facility near Austin airport and was later confirmed to contain a bomb.
Authorities say the same person is connected to the two packages that surfaced Tuesday is also responsible for the four other explosions that began on March 2nd, killing two people and injuring six.
Nelson Linder, head of the local NAACP chapter who hit out at Trump, said the community was feeling a sense of relief on Wednesday knowing the suspect is dead.
The I-35 has been closed in both directions following the explosion, as officers said they will remain on scene until their investigation has been completed.
Police say they tracked the bomber to the Round Rock area using CCTV (pictured above), store receipts and cell phone data
The first incident occurred on March 2 when a package bomb exploded at a northeast Austin home, killing a 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House.
Two more package bombs then exploded further south on March 12. Draylen Mason, 17, was killed and his mother was wounded after they opened a package in their kitchen.
A 75-year-old Hispanic woman named by family as Esperanza Herrera was severely injured when a package bomb exploded at her home a few hours later.
On Sunday two men aged in their 20s were badly injured when they triggered a 'near-invisible' tripwire linked to another explosive device.
Another person was wounded at a FedEx facility when a package exploded while moving between conveyor belts.
President Donald Trump was criticized for his silence over the Austin bombings, where most of the victims have come from the city's historically black and Latino neighborhoods.
Unlike other attacks, such as the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida, which Trump was quick to label an act of terrorism, the president has remained silent about the Austin bombs.
The first two bombs killed black men and investigators believed that the third, which injured a 75-year-old Latina woman, may have been intended for a black family's home - raising the possibility they were a hate crime.
The tripwire explosion injured two white men.
Previous victims: Anthony Stephan House, 39, (left) died on March 2 and Draylen Mason, 17, (right) died on March 12 when package bombs were left at their respective homes