Authorities have identified the Nashville suicide bomber as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, a resident of Antioch, a Nashville suburb. Warner’s neighbor, Rick Laude, was interviewed by the Associated Press and provided some critical information that will help inform law enforcement on the suspect’s mental state. According to Laude, he had a friendly exchange with Warner just a few days before the attack. Laude asked Warner about his elderly mother and then jokingly asked, “Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?”
According to Mr. Laude, the suspected bomber smiled and answered with a chilling statement: “Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.” Laude thought nothing of the exchange and assumed it meant he was expecting “something good.” The neighbor added that nothing about Warner’s behavior “raised any red flags,” adding that “he was just quiet” and was considered by neighbors to be “a recluse.”
In retrospect, however, there had been signs. According to the AP, Warner had recently given away a vehicle he owned and told the person he gave it to that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Officials have been unable to verify if he did, in fact, have cancer. Warner also gave his home away to a woman from Los Angeles seemingly for free, with property records verifying the property was transferred to an unnamed woman on or around November 25th.
Warner’s motive for perpetrating the Christmas morning bombing is elusive and further complicated since the FBI is unable to interview him since he perished at the scene, after injuring 3 people and damaging dozens of buildings in Downtown Nashville. If you have any information that could assist with this investigation, please contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.