Police have identified the suspect behind a string of bombings in Austin, Texas, as Mark Anthony Conditt, who had been killed close to a hotel after a set off another bomb, both killing himself and injuring a nearby police officer, early in the morning of Wednesday. As his name has finally been released, investigators are looking into his family and background.
What do we know so far?
According to the New York Post, it was believed that Conditt lived with two roommates, with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirming that he was a resident of the Texas city of Pflugerville; according to the publication, the governor also issued the following statements on Fox & Friends:
“We don’t know if there are any other bombs out there and, if so, how many or where they may be.”
“We need to go throughout the day and make sure we rule out whether anybody else was involved in this process.”
It is believed that the two roommates will help in the upcoming investigation. At this time, it is also believed that Conditt was unemployed at the time of the incident and did not serve in the military.
According to the Austin-American Statesman, an unidentified neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described him as a nice kid from a good family, adding that he was friends with their children growing up, adding, upon hearing that Conditt was linked to the recent bombings:
“I know this is a cliché but I just can’t imagine that.”
“I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday. 1 down, 3 to go. He has 30 hrs of college credit too, but he’s thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years.”
It was also believed that he and his father, Pat Conditt, purchased a Pflugerville property last year, now valued at $69,000; he was living in that house, which he was believed to have built with his father, at the time of the incident.
What do we know about Conditt himself?
Looking at his background, TMZ uncovered that Conditt was a student in an online American government class in 2012 for Austin Community College; uncovering a few of his blog posts, which had been saved as TMZ documents, it was noted that Conditt discussed his opinion on a lot of social issues, from gay marriage to the sex-offender registry to his support of the death penalty:
“Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies … It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, ‘see, it’s natural for them to go together.'”
“You have to really hate the guy to make him suffer for the rest of his life, even when his prison time is up.”
“Living criminals harm and murder again — executed ones do not.”
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as it is released.