Nashville Resident Anthony Quinn Warner Identified as Person of Interest in Christmas Day Explosion

by Josh Lanier
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CBS News reported the FBI identified a 63-year-old Nashville resident as a person of interest in the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.

Anthony Quinn Warner is reported to have a similar make and model of RV as the one used in the attack, CBS said. Law enforcement officials were reportedly at Warner’s house on Saturday.

At least three people were injured in the explosion on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville. Someone called police to the scene early Christmas morning, claiming they have heard gunshots. However, when police arrived they found a suspicious-looking RV that had clothing blocking the windows.

A computerized voice coming from the RV blared out a warning that an explosion was imminent. “If you can hear this message, evacuate now,” it said. Then a 15-minute countdown started.

A CCTV camera in the area captured the moments before the explosion. At 6:30 a.m. the RV erupted, blowing out windows, uprooting nearby trees, damaging cars, and buildings.

While police and investigators haven’t released any potential motive in the bombing, it doesn’t appear mass murder was the attacker’s intention, CNN reported. The date and time of the explosion meant the streets would most likely be empty and the evacuation message would prod anyone in the area to leave.

No one was killed in the blast. But it has rocked the close-knit Nashville community.

Country Musicians Respond to Nashville Explosion

Most of country music calls Nashville home and several musicians have tweeted out their confusion over the attack but offered their support for the first responders.

Tim McGraw said he was without words after the attack and was praying for his city. But he added that Nashville would return stronger than before.

“Trying to find the words….but this is a tough one. Yesterday, on Christmas Morning, the world watched as Nashville was hit by another tragedy. It’s been a year….but we will rise again,” he tweeted. “Grateful for the first responders who spent Christmas morning on one of our toughest years ensuring that no lives were lost.  We are bruised, but not broken.  Praying for my city and hopeful that we will find the strength to rise once again with the dawning of a New Year.”

Carrie Underwood also thanked first responders.

“Merry Christmas everyone! And a huge thank you to all the brave first responders in Nashville this morning,” she tweeted.

Singer/songwriter Cassadee Pope said the explosion shook her home.

“Our house shook here in Nashville,” she tweeted. “Following the info on socials and the news but just praying nobody was hurt. Seems like it was an explosion of some sort downtown. F—ing 2020.”